Posted on July 24, 2018
The intention of Greenpeace is to create a sanctuary of 1.8 million square kilometres, giving rise to "the largest protected area in the world".
The environmental organization Greenpeace discovered new marine ecosystems in Antarctica that are in very vulnerable conditions, so it is necessary to "protect them" according to a group of scientific specialists.
The ecosystems are found in the Antarctic Passage and the Gerlache Strait, along with the Antarctic Peninsula, and Greenpeace found them earlier this year in an expedition led by Dr. Susanne Lockhart that is part of the protection campaign Antartic Ocean.
In a statement signed in Buenos Aires, the coordinator of the campaign, Estefanía González, said that thanks to the work of Greenpeace "these ecosystems on the seabed will be able to protect themselves".
"It is important that you can take care of them so that there is an opportunity to study them," said González, who considered that the finding demonstrates the "need" for a network of oceanic sanctuaries.
Greenpeace took the tests of the new ecosystems to a group of scientists during the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), in Cambridge, at the beginning of the month, to be recommended as a "formal registry" at the next meeting of the commission, in October.
In the event that it is achieved, a nautical mile will be protected around each of the sites.