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18 DICEMBRE 2018

16:56 - Argentina

ARGENTINA CREATES 2 MARINE PROTECTED AREAS OF 69.000 KM2 IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC

(ICE) - ROMA, 18 DIC -

Argentina has officially created 2 large marine protected areas: the Yaganes Marine National Park, lying off of the country’s southern tip, and the Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II Marine National Park in the South Atlantic. In this way it was possible to protect an area of 69.000 km2; recover populations of toothfish, tail, austral, polish and sardine fueguina; guarantee an essential habitat for important populations of sea lions, elephant seals, dolphins, whales, penguins, petrels, albatrosses and other seabirds; and avoid the death of thousands of albatrosses, rays, sharks and other vulnerable species. The sea floor is also covered by mountains and canyons and giant kelp forests.

By designating these 2 marine parks, Argentina has increased the total area of its protected ocean to about 8%. This puts the country closer to achieving its commitment of protecting 10% of its national waters by 2020 under the biodiversity targets of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The waters of the Yaganes Basin south of Tierra del Fuego represent the southernmost point of continental Argentina, and one of the most remote and least explored places on the planet. The geographical isolation of this region, and its particularly dangerous waters for navigation, with a long history of shipwrecks on its coasts, have contributed to the fact that few scientific studies have been carried out.

Currently there is a great ignorance about the natural history and ecology of its marine ecosystems, especially the deep ecosystems. The Yaganes area is a unique area of enormous ecological value that had to be protected. The seaweed forests that surround the Island of the States are among the best preserved in the world, and harbor a rich community of algae, invertebrates and fish. Currently, the greatest threat to marine biodiversity in the region is industrial fishing, an important source of revenue for Argentina and a threat to the country’s marine life

(ICE BUENOS AIRES)