Environmental organisation Greenpeace has launched a new campaign in an effort to protect the ocean. Calling on governments around the world, Greenpeace are proposing to create the largest sanctuary on Earth, Radio NZ reports.
The protected area will cover 1.5 million square kilometres of waters in the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica. The sanctuary will protect marine wildlife including penguins and blue whales.
Russel Norman, chief executive of Greenpeace New Zealand stressed the importance of marine preserves. “Ocean sanctuaries not only protect incredible wildlife like whales and penguins, but they ensure healthy oceans which soak up carbon dioxide and help us to tackle climate change,” he said.
Norman added that he hoped the new Labour government would help the campaign. “The fishing industry simply can’t be allowed to expand their operations and steal food from threatened penguins and whales, we now have a unique opportunity to make sure that doesn’t happen,” he said.
The proposal will be examined in October 2018 by a collection of governments responsible for managing the Antarctic marine life.