By Esha Bagora
After nearly a decade of discussion, on Mar. 5, the United Nations reached a historic agreement, creating the High Seas Treaty. The treaty will section off 30 percent of the oceans and seas into protected zones to conserve marine nature and sealife. These protected areas will have limits on how much fishing can occur within them. The UN also plans on making them unusable routes for harmful deep sea mining ships. The International Seabed Authority – a body that regulates exploration of the seabed – plans to oversee the implementation of the High Seas Treaty.
(Sources: BBC News, Nature.org)
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