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The Last Ocean

the Ross Sea is still pristine but threats loom

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, May 29, 2013/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, marine mammals, sustainability

The Ross Sea is one of the last untouched bits of ocean anywhere. Located in Antarctica, the Ross Sea has been proposed for designation as a marine protected area. A new documentary from New Zealand, The Last Ocean, was produced to help in the conservation efforts and shown to packed audiences at the recent Mountain Film in Telluride programming.

Ross Sea, Antarctica  (credit: Science Buzz)

Marine protected areas (MPA's) serve multiple purposes such as sustaining fisheries by providing excess stocks to restore adjacent depleted areas and providing protection of birds and marine mammals like whales and dolphins from harassment.

The Last Ocean  (credit: MtFilm/SWP Media)     The Last Ocean  (credit: MtFilm/SWP Media)

According to the filmmakers,
the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is the organization charged with managing the living marine resources around Antarctica. The Commission has made a commitment to designating a network of marine protected areas and the Ross Sea is on the list. A decision is pending later this year.

The Last Ocean has launched a great multi-media effort to make this worthy proposal a reality.



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