Ross Sea will be the world's largest marine park

Ross Sea: the last intact marine ecosystem left on the planet | Photo: Studinger/NASA

The European Union and 24 countries have signed an agreement to create the world's largest marine protected park in the Ross Sea.

The Ross Sea is a deep bay located in Antarctica's Southern Ocean. It was explored for the first time by James Ross, a British explorer, in 1841.

Over 1,549,000 km2 of the Ross Sea will now be under protection, and roughly two-thirds of the new marine park will be closed to fishing. The Ross Sea has been considered the last intact marine ecosystem left on the planet.

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