Argentina bans fishing, trawling in eco-rich area
October 9, 2008
Burdwood Bank is rich with endemic species and serves as an important feeding ground for sea lions, penguins, albatross and other marine life. The area is also a breeding site for southern blue whiting and Fuegian sardine and supports unique hard and soft coral species.
WCS reports that the Argentine Fisheries Secretary permanently banned all fishing activities in the area — including bottom trawling — on September 26th, 2008.
Map shows the area that is now protected; picture is of rockhopper penguins – one of the species that uses Burdwood Bank as a feeding ground (credit: K. P&uump;tz)
WCS says that the Patagonian Large Marine Ecosystem sustains "some of the southern hemisphere's richest marine resources", important both for the Argentine economy and the region's ecology.
WCS's Sea and Sky initiative is funded by the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas and the Liz Claiborne/Art Ortenberg Foundation.