The WWF added, the catastrophic breeding event might have happened because of “unusually extensive ocean ice late within the summer time,” which forced the adult penguins to visit further to fetch food for his or her chicks. Most of the chicks starved as a result.
“The chance of opening el born area to exploratory krill fisheries, which may contend with the Adélie penguins for food because they get over two catastrophic breeding failures in 4 years, is unthinkable,” Downie stated. “So CCAMLR must take action now by adopting a brand new Marine Protected Position for the waters off East Antarctica, to safeguard the house of the penguins.’”
An MPA would restrict human activity in the region to be able to conserve its wildlife.
Yan Ropert-Coudert, senior penguin researcher in the CNRS who leads the Adélie penguin programme at Dumont D’Urville research station, next to the colony, stated:
Animal campaigners have elevated the alarm more than a “catastrophic breeding failure” among 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins in Terre Adélie, Antarctica at the beginning of 2017 that left just two colonies chicks alive—in scenes described as “Tarantino does Happy Ft.”
“The location is influenced by ecological changes which are from the breakup from the Mertz glacier since 2010. An MPA won’t remedy these changes however it could prevent further impacts that direct anthropogenic pressures, for example tourism and suggested fisheries, could bring”.