Representatives of the countries that have control over Antarctica have decided to develop the widest marine reserve in the world. They have agreed upon this matter focusing on protecting the ocean in the closeness of Antarctica. This agreement has finally reached an end after many years of debates between Russia and the US. Russia has rejected this project several times in the past.
- Representatives of many countries managed to sign the agreement for the development of this project.
- The widest marine reserve is going to save a lot of animals.
This pact should boost the confidence of those countries which want to protect the nature but did not initialize an alliance with other nations. They should start acting upon the matter to save the planet. The area which will be protected through this agreement is as big as twice the state of Texas.
This week, during a conference in Australia, many European countries met in Hobart, Australia to discuss the agreement. All 24 members of the European Union present at the debate were for the development of the widest marine reserve. Unfortunately, for the validity of the agreement, it was needed the response of the 25th country.
In the past, countries which expressed their opinions against the solving of this problem were China and Ukraine, Russia representing the most significant obstacle to the development of this project. The protected areas of the ocean measure 1.6 million square kilometers. The commercial fishing will be banned in these regions.
Authorities argued that only a decreased amount of fisheries will be permitted in those locations for research purposes only. Evan Bloom, who led the US delegation in Hobart, has claimed that John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, expressed his pro opinion about the widest marine reserve, fighting to obtain a definite answer from Russian leaders.
Bloom explained his excitement when they finally got Russia’s allowance to proceed with the project. Kerry has asserted that this agreement is meant to protect the last untouched wilderness of an ocean on Terra. They will help and protect the communities of seals, fish, whales, seabirds, and penguins.
Murray McCully, the New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, has argued that the agreement included some yielding concerning Russia. The act included the request for limiting the reserve’s boundaries, permitting a wider space for commercial fishing.
Andrea Kavanagh, the person who direct Antarctic and Southern Ocean work for The Pew Charitable Trusts, had expressed her thrill when all these countries reached to vote for the development of the widest marine reserve.
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