Photo by @enricsala | Today the Argentinian Senate voted for the creation of two new marine protected areas (MPAs): Namuncurá/Banco Burdwood 2 (29,000 square km) and Yaganes (69,000 square km), located in the southern waters of the country. On December 5th, the Argentinian Congress voted in favor with an unanimous 196-0. With these new MPAs, Argentina quadruple their federal MPAs, and joins the ambition and vision of leading countries in ocean conservation.
These areas contain unique biodiversity, from threatened albatrosses that roam the skies, to marine mammals like sea lions and whales, to fragile deep sea animals living on undersea mountain ridges. The biggest threat to these rich ocean ecosystems is industrial fishing, especially bottom trawling that can destroy thousands of years of growth in the single pass of a net. By protecting these areas, Argentina also helps to replenish its overfished stocks. Thank you Argentina for such a historic action!
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Every one of these MPAs contributes to our #wyssfoundation #campaignfornature 30% protected by 2030 target.