ARGENTINA ESTABLISHES TWO NEW MARINE PROTECTED AREAS
On December 12, the Argentine Congress passed a bill that establishes two new marine protected areas—the Yaganese Marine National Park and the Namuncurá-Burdwood Bank II Marine National Park—covering a total area of about 37,000 square miles. The parks are home to a diversity of marine creatures, including the South American sea lion, rare cold-water corals, and vulnerable and threatened species, like the black-browed albatross and the South American fur seal. The designation of these two parks increases Argentina's total area of protected ocean to approximately 8 percent. For the full story, see https://news.mongabay.com/2018/12/argentina-creates-two-new-marine-park… and https://www.nationalgeographic.org/newsroom/argentina-establishes-2-mar….