A new report stated that the worlds ocean “deserts” are expanding. An ocean desert is the least biologically productive area in an ocean. This study was conducted from 1998 and 2007. The study found three major points: In the Pacific, the areas of low productivity are expanding from the center toward Hawaii. In the Atlantic, the least productive areas of the subtropical gyre are expanding at an even more rapid rate eastward across the Caribbean toward Africa. In the Indian Ocean, the least productive area “shows the same trend, but there has been too much variability for it to be statistically significant,” NOAA stated. The above image relates to least productive ocean deserts, an ocean desert is shown in black.