Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Take a tour of the High Seas

At the World Conservation Congress, a joint initiative was launched to highlight special places in the least protected place on Earth: the high seas. The centerpiece of which is a brochure showcasing ten “gems” of the high seas.

The publication, launched by an unusual partnership comprising the Chantecaille Beauté company together with IUCN, World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI), features sites such as the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean, the Emperor Seamount Chain in the Pacific Ocean, the Sargasso Sea and Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Saya de Malha Banks in the Indian Ocean.

High seas are the open ocean and deep seabed areas outside individual nations’ jurisdiction and make up nearly half of the Earth’s surface and almost two-thirds of the ocean. They provide feeding grounds for great whales, are traversed by imperiled bluefin tunas, and are home to deep-water corals that are thousands of years old. The publication features sites such as the Ross Sea in the Antarctic, the Emperor Seamount Chain in the Pacific Ocean, the Sargasso Sea and Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone in the Atlantic Ocean, and the Saya de Malha Banks in the Indian Ocean.

Printed copies are available at the World Conservation Congress or on-line by visiting www.mcbi.org or www.iucn.org.

Download the PDF at http://www.protectplanetocean.org/resources/docs/high_seas_booklet_final.pdf