• Dave Harmon, PW editor

Latest talks on UN High Seas treaty fail to produce agreement; MPAs point of contention

U.N. member states failed on March 18 to finalize a legally binding tool to sustainably manage the largest ungoverned place on the planet: the high seas. The lack of agreement came after almost two weeks of talks in New York, three previous conferences, and more than a decade of discussion.

Almost 27,000 unique species, including fish, mammals, reptiles, birds and invertebrates, have been found in these vast waters covering almost half the surface of the planet, according to the Ocean Biodiversity Information System. And those are just the ones we know about.

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