>> Environmental groups are calling for a ban on some fishing off the Antarctic, after it was revealed that almost every single penguin check in a large colony there has died of starvation. Scientists say that in a colony of 36,000 breeding Adélie penguins, all but two of their offspring appeared to have died.
The massive loss of life attributed to an unusual amount of ice blocking their access to food, which meant adults had to travel much further out to find it. It's not the first time this has happened. A similar tragedy hit the colony two yeas ago. The World Wildlife Fund says a local ban on commercial harvesting of krill, the penguins' main food source, would help them recover and cushion them from future disaster.
Adélie penguins are not considered a threatened species. But their numbers have been declining in the Antarctica Peninsula region, where scientists say climate change's effects have been well established. The proposed ban on krill fishing will be discussed at an upcoming meeting of the countries responsible for managing Antarctica's marine life.