The Ross Sea is described as the world’s last ocean.
The Ross Sea, Antarctica, is stunning. A jigsaw puzzle of floating ice extends to the horizon in all directions, punctuated by floating mountains of blue ice that saw at the sky like jagged teeth. It is a desert of ice, subjected to 6 months of solid night, 200 kph winds, and temperatures of -40°C. It is also filled with life.
The Last Ocean Charitable Trust is campaigning to protect it from the fate of other oceans:
Overwhelming evidence suggests that over-fishing has profoundly damaged most, if not all the rest of the world’s marine ecosystems. Estimates are that we’ve eaten 90% of the world’s top predatory fish, finned 95% of the world’s sharks, and harpooned 90% of the great whales. The oceans are in serious trouble. The Ross Sea is recognized as the most pristine open-ocean ecosystem left on earth. In essence, the Ross Sea is the last ocean.
Wellington hosted the Trust’s presentation last night, and Christchurch will this Sunday at 7:30pm. If you’ve missed out, here’s a taster:
The Greens support making the Ross Sea a Protected Area, which would mean protecting the Ross Sea’s Antarctic toothfish from fishing. Do you agree?