Oil drilling banned in top marine priority area
Cold water coral reef, Menai Strait, Wales, UK.
A decade-long campaign to protect a global marine conservation priority area has succeeded with the Norwegian Government announcing in October that Lofoten will not be opened up for oil exploration. Home to the spawning area for the world’s largest cod stock, the largest known cold water coral reef on the planet, and one of Europe’s biggest seabird colonies, WWF argued that the value of this area for biodiversity and sustainable development is worth far more over time than short-term income from oil. The decision to prevent oil exploration also covers other coastal areas including Vesteralen, Senja, More and Jan Mayen, and parts of the high Arctic.