High Seas Youth Ambassador Blog – The High Seas Treaty: For Life Beyond the Law

HSA/Civil Society

Author: Britney Hay

Beyond what the eye can see from our crystalline shores lies a vast and unexplored underwater world that  sustains us all. Up to two-hundred nautical miles from State  coastlines is the high seas, or international waters, making up more than half of the world’s ocean. The high seas generate most of the World’s oxygen, is one of the largest havens of biodiversity on the planet, and is a massive carbon sink — making the high seas critical in our fight against climate change. But like so many of the Earth’s ecosystems, the high seas finds itself threatened by factors including (but not limited to) pollution, climate change, and overfishing.

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