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Southern Ocean

Southern Ocean Environment Stats

Definitions

  • Current issues: This entry lists the most pressing and important environmental problems. The following terms and abbreviations are used throughout the entry:
STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK
Current issues increased solar ultraviolet radiation resulting from the Antarctic ozone hole in recent years, reducing marine primary productivity (phytoplankton) by as much as 15% and damaging the DNA of some fish; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing in recent years, especially the landing of an estimated five to six times more Patagonian toothfish than the regulated fishery, which is likely to affect the sustainability of the stock; large amount of incidental mortality of seabirds resulting from long-line fishing for toothfish; note: the now-protected fur seal population is making a strong comeback after severe overexploitation in the 18th and 19th centuries 2008

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011

Citation

"Southern Ocean Environment Stats", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/profiles/Southern-Ocean/Environment

Southern Ocean Environment Profiles (Subcategories)

Sea 4

Southern Ocean categories

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