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Ross Sea: News Of World’s Largest Marine Park In Antarctica Prompts Mixed Reaction

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A deal to create the world s largest marine park in Antarctica has been brokered by delegates from 24 nations and the EU.

The Ross Sea Marine Protected Area is as large as France, Spain and Germany combined, and will be a no-go zone for fishing vessels for the next 35 years.

But some conservationists are concerned that timeframe is not long enough for a region with such rich biodiversity.

It s home to one in three of the world s Adelie penguins, one in four emperor penguins and more than half of all South Pacific Weddell Seals.

Chris Johnson, WWF Australia Ocean Science manager, said the announcement was good news and a turning point, but added: According to the World Conservation Union IUCN guidelines, marine protected areas must be permanent.

WWF has concerns that the Ross Sea agreement does not meet this standard.

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