Update: On March 3rd, 2023, UN member states finally agreed on a treaty to protect the high seas. At a later date, delegates will meet for half a day to formally adopt the text. Once this is done, at least 60 countries must ratify the treaty in order for it to be officially recognized.
Today, nearly half the planet is unprotected and vulnerable to exploitation.
This ocean area that lies outside of any country’s jurisdiction is known as the High Seas and covers over 60 percent of the ocean. This global commons is critical to the health of the entire ocean.