After failure of Adélie penguins to breed, WWF calls for measures to ensure they do not face competition from fishing fleets for food

Only two Adélie penguin chicks from a colony of more than 18,000 breeding pairs have survived the Antarctic summer due to unusually extensive sea ice, prompting environmental campaigners to call for a new marine protected area.

The penguins in Terre Adélie in East Antarctica, which only reproduce on ice-free land, suffered a catastrophic breeding season after unseasonably large sea ice growth forced parents to travel further for food, causing their chicks to starve.

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