Penguins and Seals Rejoice - South Africa Approves Marine Sanctuary

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Originally Posted: 21 May 2009

Penguins and Seals Rejoice - South Africa Approves Marine Sanctuary

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Please contact Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Environment Minister, Republic of South Africa, and thank him for creating the 11,846 square mile (180,000 square kilometre) ocean sanctuary.

Penguins, albatrosses, killer whales and of course people can all jump for joy at the latest news from the Republic of South Africa. The country is set to establish one of the world's largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) around its Prince Edward Islands. This inspiring achievement will help reduce the ecological impacts of fisheries, particularly on endangered seabirds.

The Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean are amongst the world's most important and diverse regions. But until now, the islands have been threatened by illegal and irresponsible fishing practices.

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This sanctuary will provide critical habitat for many unique species, including 13 percent of the world's king penguins population, five species of albatross, 14 species of petrels, three species of seals and killer whales.


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