Drama on the high seas

The high seas are essentially the oceans’ no-man’s land - beyond national jurisdiction and with no comprehensive policy or management system to govern them. However, they contain some of the richest biodiversity on the planet, under increasing threat from many sources, including irresponsible fishing and shipping activities, pollution and climate change. 

Kristina Gjerde is IUCN’s High Seas Policy Advisor. Here she explains how the high seas are governed.
 

Waves on the open sea in the Antarctic Ocean Photo: Surfrider Foundation


 

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