Protection of Antarctic habitat proposed, but how much habitat?

A proposal headed by the United States and New Zealand is intended to protect marine habitat in the Antarctic. Initiated last year, the proposal was originally planned to set aside 875,000 square miles of limited commercial fishing waters for sea life unique to the area. However, some stakeholder countries involved in the negotiation process argue that less habitat should be conserved.

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Glacier and icebergs, Antarctica. 19 November 2010. / ©: Wim van Passel / WWF-Canon

(photo: World Wildlife  Fund)