>> Scientist call it the last ocean, the most pristine body of water on Earth. Now world powers are to protect a massive section of the Ross Sea in Antarctica, creating the planet's largest marine reserve.>>
>> Delegates from 24 countries and the EU agreeing the landmark deal on Friday, beginning a 35 year ban on commercial fishing across more than 1.5 million square kilometers.
>> It's a wonderful moment.>> Evan Bloom, the head of the US delegation, says it's a historic milestone and efforts to protect marine diversity.>> US and the scientists have been focusing on the Ross Sea and its unique environment for many, many years.>> The deal ends a long battle with Russia, Moscow finally saying okay after blocking similar proposals five time before.
The sanctuary covers more than 12% of the Antarctic Ocean and is home to more than 10,000 species, including most of the world's penguins, whales and sea birds.