Save the Penguins

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.

Proposals 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.

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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.

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 charismatic seabirds.

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.