Last chance to protect 'last ocean'

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It lies in one of the coldest and most remote corners of the planet, yet the Ross Sea has sat at the center of one of the most hotly discussed environmental issues in years. And “the last ocean,” as it is known, will be sure to stay under the spotlight this year.

Hundreds of conservationists, marine scientists and advocacy groups cannot overstate the importance of the Ross Sea, one of the world's last healthy marine ecosystems and an invaluable control for comparing human impact on other oceans, according to an opinion column in The New Zealand Herald.

In a long-awaited conference of the 25-nation Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources last October at Hobart, marine environmentalists eyed a chance to forever protect it.

Click here for the full report by The New Zealand Herald.