Huge Antarctic Ocean Protection Deal Fails, For Now

The series of proposed massive Antarctic ocean reserves considered at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Reserves meeting in Tasmania—and the target of a big celebrity push for approval led by Leonardo DiCaprio—has failed to be approved, for now at least.

BBC News reports that a decision on the deal has been put off until July 2013, after opposition from Russia, China, and Ukraine.

At issue was access for fishing, positioned against desires for greater conservation—even though in one of the reserves a significant area would still be open for limited fishing.

Under the proposal reserves in excess of 3 million square kilometers of ocean would have been created.

Huge Antarctic Ocean Protection Deal Fails, For Now
Russa, China, and Ukraine raised concerns about fishing access, scuttling the deal.

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