The Ross Sea, Antarctica: The Last Ocean
A living laboratory, providing
our last chance to understand how a healthy marine ecosystem
functions; deemed by a recent study as the least affected
stretch of open ocean on Earth and home to 38% and 26%
of the world's Adelie and Emperor penguins.
The natural balance of the Ross Sea is now under threat, as an international fishing fleet targets Antarctic toothfish, sold as "Chilean seabass" to upscale restaurants around the world. The body governing biotic resource extraction in the Southern Ocean has promised to designate a network of marine protected areas by 2012, and Last Ocean, founded by US and NZ collaborators, has committed itself to raising awareness of why the Ross Sea should be included. Time is of the essence, and we need your help.
Please participate and learn more at www.lastocean.co.nz.
Film by John B. Weller - Pew Fellow and The Last Ocean
Donations go directly to The Last Ocean Charitable Trust to raise enough public and political pressure to support protection of the entire Ross Sea, with all commercial fishing phased out. We need your help to make this a reality.
The Last Ocean Project website
Penguin Science website
at a breeding colony on Ross Island, Antarctica,
looking out at the Ross Sea. Photo by Viola Toniolo