Krill fishing poses serious threat to Antarctic ecosystem

Posted on:14 Jul 2018 09:00:02
Krill fishing poses serious threat to Antarctic ecosystem
14 July 2018 Current Affairs:

A new report says that Industrial fishing for krill in the pristine waters around Antarctica is threatening the future of one of the world’s last great wildernesses. 

A study by Greenpeace found industrial fishing taking place in the feeding grounds of whales and penguins, with vessels involved in oil spills and accidents. It also highlights incidents of fishing boats being involved in groundings, oil spills and accidents pose a serious threat to the Antarctic ecosystem. 

A global campaign has been launched to create a network of ocean sanctuaries to protect the seas in the region. The commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources who manages the seas around Antarctica will decide on the sanctuary proposal at a conference in Australia in October.


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