On 28 October the largest marine protected area was proclaimed. It covers the Ross Sea (South of Australia and New Zealand) and is twice the size of Texas. Finally a large portion of the Southern Ocean will get the protection it needs. According to Mike Walker, project director of the Atlantic Ocean Alliance (more on the Antarctic Ocean Alliance can be found here) the decision to proclaim the are protected was historic, because
The European Union along with 24 other countries signed the agreement. The historic agreement was signed in Hobart, Australia, during the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). More on the marine protected area can be found here or here.
Photo: Antarctic Ocean Alliance