Antarctic bay to become world’s largest marine reserve

Antarctic bay to become world’s largest marine reserve

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An area in Antarctica as big as Alaska is set to be the world’s largest marine reserve after the 24 member states of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), including the UK, the USA and Russia, agreed to put the area under special protection from human activities.

The new marine reserve, which is considered to be one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, is to include 600,000 square miles of the Ross Sea and is home to 50 percent of type-C killer whales, 40 percent of Adelie penguins and a quarter of the world’s Emperor penguins.

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