Important steps to protect high seas marine biodiversity
This small deep sea cirrate octopod lives in the North Atlantic Ocean at an extreme depth of 4km. It is bioluminescence, emiting a blue-green light from modified suckers.
The UN General Assembly has resolved to develop a legally binding treaty for the conservation of marine biodiversity on the high seas. This is the first global treaty process in over two decades that is uniquely targeted on sustainable use of marine biodiversity. As a member of the High Seas Alliance, WWF will continue to advocate for a strong agreement and its implementation.
WWF and partners gathered more than 800,000 signatures urging the International Sea Bed Authority to apply more precaution in developing a draft regulatory framework on seabed mining, which should include environmental management plans, MPAs and greater transparency.