Dr Lance Morgan, CEO of the Marine Conservation Institute and Chair of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition sends our regards to the ISA on their 25th Anniversary.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Far from every shore, beyond the jurisdiction of any country, lie the vast high seas, full of life and biodiversity. They cover nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of the world’s ocean and harbor life, ranging from whales, turtles, sharks, and dolphins to deep-sea corals, hydrothermal vents, and, experts believe, a variety of undiscovered sea life.
Today the high seas face increasing threats from human activities, including fishing, pollution, and seabed mining, but there is no comprehensive conservation mechanism in place to protect the biodiversity that thrives in these waters and maintain a healthy ocean.
That could soon change. From March 25 to April 5, governments will reconvene at United Nations headquarters in New York to continue negotiations on the first treaty to protect the high seas by 2020.
Watch the video here.
Source: Live Science
Author: Rafi Letzter
In a strange, underwater video, a black mass drifts toward the camera. It’s made up of a dark, spherical blob up front and a long, thin tail in the back.
“What is that?” a voice asks.
“Oh, wow,” says another.
“Looks like a Muppet,” says a third.