28 Oct 2016

World's largest marine protected area announced

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:14 pm on 28 October 2016
Still from The Last Ocean

Still from The Last Ocean Photo: The Last Ocean Film / Peter Young

A breakthough agreement has been reached, which will see the creation of the worlds largest marine protected area.

The new Marine Protected Area will cover roughly 1.55 million square kilometres of the Ross sea - 1.12 million square kilometres of this will be a no fishing zone.

Many groups and conservationists have been fighting for years to get the area protected - among them is film-maker Peter Young, whose 2012 documentary The Last Ocean focussed on the threats facing the Ross Sea and attempts to create a marine protected area.

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