Ocean is getting attention like never before. Peru passes a law which regulates both the consumption and production of single-use plastics such as plastic bags and straws. Canada is one step closer to getting a new Fisheries Act. California bans drift gillnets, protecting whales, sea turtles and dolphins. The Belize Barrier Reef was removed from UNESCO's list of endangered World Heritage Sites. The Philippines protects more than 350,000 hectares of the Philippine Rise.
Corals, sponges and underwater canyons get new protections off U.S. West Coast. Chile protects wildlife found nowhere else on Earth. Canada protects critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.