Save the Penguins!
The penguins in Antarctica’s
Southern Ocean need your help to protect their foraging areas. They live
in some of the least altered ecosystems on earth, which are facing increasing
pressures from climate change and fishing.
for marine protection in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica can only happen
through consensus. Add your voice to the growing number of people from around
the world who support protecting penguins, and preserving their source of food
in these icy waters.
Tell world leaders you support fully-protected marine reserves in the
Ross Sea and East Antarctic.
Sign Our Petition:A 2011 study published in the journal Biological Conservation called the Ross Sea “the
least altered marine ecosystem on Earth.” The
study found that emperor
and Adelie penguins use the entire continental shelf and slope to forage for food. Home to 26 percent of the world's emperor penguins, this finding strongly suggests
that only a very large, fully-protected reserve in the Ross Sea will
be sufficient to conserve these species and their habitat.
I urge world leaders to create fully-protected marine reserves in the
Ross Sea and East Antarctic to ensure the survival of penguins in
Antarctica's Southern Ocean.
In the waters off East Antarctica, roughly
750,000 pairs of Adélie penguins and an estimated 50,000 pairs of emperor
penguins call this area home. These species forage over great distances, with emperors
traveling up to 900 kilometers (560 miles) from their colonies. Only a
comprehensive system of marine reserves will ensure long-term survival of these