A Great Day for Ocean Conservation! 

In addition to the successful conclusion of the National Aquarium’s first-ever Seafood Forum, the Chilean government has announced its plans to create the largest marine reserve in the Americas!

Published October 06, 2015

Seafood Forum

Yesterday, hundreds of scientists, purveyors and economists gathered at the Aquarium to re-envision the future of sustainable seafood. Attendees participated in candid discussions around traceability, economic sustainability and aquaculture’s role in the movement. 

seafood forum

Forum attendees heard from an impressive group of moderators and industry influencers including: Chef Rick Moonen, Chef and author Barton Seaver, Economist Michael Shuman and Executive Director of Seafood Harvesters and Commercial Fisherman Brett Veerhusen. 

Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park 

Chile’s newest underwater marine preserve constitutes approximately 8 percent of the world’s protected ocean area. According to National Geographic, Nazca-Desventuradas will encompass an area roughly the size of Italy! 

This area off the coast of Chile has seen significant habitat degradation and overfishing as a result of the global demand for swordfish. In addition to swordfish, Chilean waters are home to a wide variety of beautiful native species! 

This announcement supports the United Nations’ goal of protecting 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. To learn more about the UN’s goals regarding ocean conservation, click here

Marine Protected Areas Closer to Home 

In addition, during at the Our Ocean Conference in Valparaiso, Chile, President Barack Obama announced the potential designation of two national marine sanctuaries in Wisconsin and Maryland

The area being considered in Maryland covers 14-square miles of the Potomac River’s tidal area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimates around 200 vessels are found in the area, including the remains of the largest “Ghost Fleet” of World War I. The public is invited to submit comments to NOAA regarding these nominated sanctuaries until January of 2016. 

Stay tuned for more updates as these exciting dialogues continue! 

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