Experts Gather to Save the Ocean
The world’s first conference on marine protected areas for marine mammals
Over 150 marine experts from 30 countries around the world will gather in
The ocean occupies three times the surface area of the land in the world and, including its great depth, contains the vast majority of Earth’s wildlife habitats. Yet the sea has far less protection than the land. Compared to 12% of the land in protected areas and parks only 0.65% of the sea surface has some form of even modest protection, and only 0.08% is highly protected.
WDCS is now calling for 12 large Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and MPA Networks, to be set aside by law by 2012, for the conservation of whales and dolphins and their habitats.
The conference is appropriately held in the Pacific region, which over the past decade has led the world in conservation through MPAs and hosts seven of the eight largest MPAs on Earth.
The conference, from 30th March – 3rd April, is hosted by NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service Office of International Affairs, and the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. www.icmmpa.org.
SOURCE Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society