Friday, 14 March 2014

Protection at last for the Sargasso Sea

The governments of Bermuda, the Azores, Monaco,United Kingdom and the United States have promised to work together to conserve the Sargasso Sea – a vast patch of mid-Atlantic Ocean known for its unique floating seaweeds that harbour rich biodiversity.

This is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect this unique haven of marine life.

They have signed s a declaration in Bermuda’s capital Hamilton, promising to seek protection for the Sargasso Sea using international bodies that regulate areas beyond national jurisdiction, such as the International Maritime Organisation, regional fisheries authorities and the Convention on Migratory Species

“This is a truly historic occasion,” says David Freestone, Executive Director of the Sargasso Sea Alliance. “It is the first time an international alliance has been formed to protect an iconic high seas ecosystem, using existing legal international frameworks.”




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