Krill, used for fish food (Koiquestion)Most krill fishing companies are to stop fishing krill in the seas around the Antarctic Peninsula. Krill, shrimp-like marine animals, are a crucial link in the Antarctic food chain. Whales, penguins, seals and squid all eat the tiny crustaceans, while other species, such as albatrosses and killer whales, feed on some of the krill-feeders. The decision to stop krill fishing in this area follows pressure by environmental campaign groups, including Greenpeace. “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing,” said Frida Bengtsson, of Greenpeace’s Protect the Antarctic campaign.
Antarctic Peninsula shown in box (Wikimedia.org)
Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary
At a meeting to be held in October 2018, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will decide whether to create an ocean reserve, the largest on Earth. If agreed, the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary would protect 1.8 million square kilometres in and around the Weddell Sea. Large no-fishing zones would be set up here. The creation of the sanctuary has become much more likely following the krill fishing companies' decision.
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