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U.N. High Seas Treaty

After ten years of negotiations, nations have reached a historic agreement to protect the world's oceans.

The High Seas Treaty aims to place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030 in order to safeguard and recuperate marine life.

The negotiations had been held up for years due to disagreements over funding and fishing rights.

These new protected areas established in the treaty will put limits on how much fishing can take place, the routes of shipping lanes and exploration activities such as deep sea mining. Environmentalists have been concerned that mining could disturb animal breeding grounds, create noise pollution and be toxic for life under water.

Countries will have to meet again to formally adopt the agreement and there will be plenty of work to be done before the treaty can be implemented.

Countries will need to meet again to formally adopt the agreement and then have plenty of work to do before the treaty can be implemented.

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