• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Antarctica | World's largest fish breeding ground discovered in Weddell Sea, boosting calls for MPA

The world’s largest fish breeding area has been discovered in the Antarctic Weddell Sea. Using an advanced underwater camera system, a team of scientists led by the Alfred Wegener Institute found what is estimated to be 60 million icefish nests near the Filchner Ice Shelf.

The colony represents a fish biomass of more than 60,000 tons, or over 135 million pounds. According to the study authors, their findings provide support for the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean.

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