First ever high-seas conservation treaty would protect life in international waters

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Alex Fox for Science | 3 April 2019

No flag can claim the high seas, but many nations exploit them. As a result, life in the two-thirds of the oceans beyond any country’s territorial waters faces many threats that are largely unregulated, including overfishing and the emerging deep-sea mining industry.

Now, nations are negotiating the first-ever high-seas conservation treaty, which the United Nations expects to finalize next year.

Read the full article here: First ever high-seas conservation treaty would protect life in international waters.