Home to nearly 10,000 species, the waters surrounding Antarctica are some of the most pristine on the planet. Moreover, they act as a nexus—a point at which many of the oceans meet. This important region, however, is coming under threat. Global warming, pollution, and, increasingly, commercial fishing are all adding pressure to the unique ecosystem.
Now, a coalition of conservation groups and activists are joining together to help protect Antarctica's ocean. The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is campaigning for the establishment of a network of marine preserves encircling the continent. These preserves would dramatically limit commercial fishing access and combine to form the most comprehensive conservation area on the planet.
The goal is ambitious but plausible. This year, concerned nations will meet to discuss the future development of Antarctica. A critical mass of support, the coalition hopes, will help sway the decision in favor of a protected ocean.
And, you can help by joining the watch. Head over to the Antarctic Ocean Alliance website and let the world know why you want to see Antarctica's ocean protected.