The marine birds and mammals that breed on the coast of Patagonia depend on the ocean for their survival. WCS’s Sea & Sky Program seeks to identify areas in the Southwest Atlantic that are important for wildlife and develop ways of ensuring responsible management of the ocean. Details of this program can be found at: http://www.wcs-conosurmarino.org/mar/home.
WCS seeks to ensure the conservation of biodiversity and ecological functions in the Southwest Atlantic by promoting the creation of marine protected areas on the coast and at sea, and developing responsible ecosystem-based management practices for the ocean.
WCS’s Sea & Sky Program produces and publishes materials on the Southwest Atlantic Large Marine Ecosystem to draw attention to those areas that are important to wildlife, warn of challenges to conservation and help find solutions for management. We play an active role in the "Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea" a forum of NGOs that share concern for the conservation of wildlife of the ocean that surrounds the Southern Cone.
Ocean environments and biodiversity are exposed to threats caused or enhanced by human activities. Unsustainable fishing, illegal fishing, discards of non-commercial species and bycatch of marine birds and mammals are all factors with a negative impact on the abundance and diversity of species. Urban and industrial pollution, fisheries waste, accidental oil spills, and introduced species, are other major threats to wildlife and marine ecosystems.