For years, campaigners around the world have pushed for some form of protection for the High Seas. The High Seas or international waters, are those areas of the ocean outside the national jurisdiction of any one country. The ocean covers 71% of the planet and the High Seas represent some two thirds of the ocean!
The High Seas are essentially a lawless part of the planet where human activities go pretty much unchecked. Whilst there are some treaties and agreements that regulate certain activities in certain areas there is still no comprehensive policy that protects life on the High Seas.
Governments at the United Nations have finally agreed to move forward on developing such a policy. Whilst we're still years away from implementation and enforcement of such a policy, this is a major milestone for the protection of life in the ocean!
Onward for the Ocean - Farah
More details and information about the High Seas can be found on the High Seas Alliance website.