Thursday, 28 August 2014

Antarctic marine life atlas launched to inform conservation debate

A new atlas, providing the most thorough audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean, is to be published to inform future decisions about conservation and marine protected areas in the region.

The atlas, published by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, saw leading marine biologists and oceanographers from all over the world collaborate to compile everything they know about ocean species, from microbes to whales. The last time such an effort was undertaken was in 1969.

Over 9,000 species are recorded in the publication, which also looks at the possible impact of climate change on marine life in the Antarctic. Read more....