Island Creates No-Fishing Zone Three Times The Size of UK
The ocean around the remote South Atlantic island of Tristan Da Cunha is set to become a fishing warzone, as it has been declared a Marine Wildlife Sanctuary by the island's government.
TRISTAN DA CUNHA, SOUTH ATLANTIC — The ocean around the South Atlantic island of Tristan Da Cunha is set to become a fishing warzone, as it has been declared a Marine Wildlife Sanctuary by the island's government.
The move is designed to protect the area's wildlife and fish populations, which means it would be one of the last parts of the world's oceans that would contain large fish stocks.
This would make it an irresistible target for the world's long-range fishing boats, which have overfished most of the world's oceans, leading to diminished fish populations globally.
China's large fleet of long-range fishing boats are particularly infamous for their long history of poaching fish from nations as far away from China as South Africa and Argentina.
According to The Guardian, the protected area is huge — three times the size of the UK — and the UK government would be responsible for enforcing the new no-fishing law.
In a statement, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on other nations to join Britain in its ambition to protect 30% of the world's oceans.
He said: "We are in danger of killing our seas. We are warming them up, making them more acidic and every day we fill them with turtle-choking, dolphin-poisoning plastic that is turning our ocean into a vast floating rubbish dump."
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