In late October, an international commission announced an unprecedented agreement more than six years in the making: the world’s largest marine protected
area, more than twice the size of Texas, in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. It’s also the first major reserve in non-territorial waters outside the jurisdiction of
any nation. Although some restricted research fishing will be allowed in about a quarter of the area, the agreement, beginning December 2017, prohibits the
activity in more than 70 percent of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area.