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Share your love for Antarctica’s less popular creatures this Valentines

Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.

Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten. You might see pictures of penguins and seals, maybe even a whale or two, but no one hears about the creatures that make up over 90% of Antarctic species. I’m of course talking about Antarctic invertebrates. Who’s ever heard about Labidiaster annulatus, a sea star, or the glass sponge Rosella nuda? These creatures and others are every bit as fascinating as their feathered and furred friends.

This year, we want to show these creatures some love during Valentine’s week. Read on to find out why we think Antarctica’s invertebrates make great valentines.

When we prepared a list of our favorite Antarctic species last year, we made sure all kinds of Antarctic animals, from mammals to mollusks, were represented. To our surprise, some of the most interesting and wacky species weren’t penguins or even fish, but were the invertebrates – squid, crustaceans, corals, starfish.…

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Why CCAMLR Should Safeguard More Penguin Habitat in Antarctica

ADDING PROTECTED AREAS IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN WOULD HELP NUMEROUS SPECIES, AND GLOBAL FISHERIES

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5 beautiful pics to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Today is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we would celebrate with five amazing snaps of penguin species that live on Antarctica and in its surrounding waters.

1. The humble Emperor. The largest of all penguins, the Emperor penguin is the only penguin species to breed on sea ice during Antarctica’s dark and frigid winter.…

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It’s not every day we receive a letter like this

It’s not every day that we receive government letters thanking us for bombarding them with a petition, but that’s exactly what happened last week. The UK Polar Regions Department sent us a letter with the royal seal. It reads:

We have received a number of e-mails generated by your website addressed to the Secretary of State, Minister Johnson, encouraging the UK to continue to advocate for the creation of a system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.…

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At a time of great global uncertainty, the agreement to protect Antarctica’s oceans is a glimmer of hope

One year from now on December 1st 2017, the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean, will be officially protected in the world’s first large-scale marine protected area in international waters. When the world seems increasingly divided and polarised, it is inspiring that major geopolitical players like the United States, Russia, China, the EU and twenty-one other countries joined together to agree by consensus to protect this special place.

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An insider’s analysis: How 24 countries and the EU finally agreed to protect the Ross Sea

By Lyn Goldsworthy

I went into the 2016 meeting of CCAMLR[1] without any expectations of achieving very much, let alone a marine protected area designation. The past three meetings had not been good, and there had been little indication prior to the meeting of movement from the one remaining antagonist to marine protected areas: Russia.…

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Thank you

BIG HIGH FIVE to all of you who helped secure protection of Antarctica’s Ross Sea. There have been so many people and organisations involved over the last six years, and we would like to say thank you.

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Major Victory for Protection of the Southern Ocean

Friday 28 October, Hobart, Australia: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.

“CCAMLR made history today by declaring the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea, protecting penguins, seals, whales and countless other creatures,” said Andrea Kavanagh, who directs The Pew Charitable Trusts Antarctic and Southern Ocean work.…

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How fisheries and marine protection can coexist in the Southern Ocean

Fishing and marine protection don’t seem like they should get along, but our latest report demonstrates that the ocean is big enough for the both of them. Three proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean are on the table as CCAMLR delegates meet in Hobart this week. In previous years, opponents have voiced concerns that these MPAs would impact fishing in the area, but our research shows that catches can continue at sustainable rates while protecting Antarctica’s rich and wild biodiversity.…

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PRESS RELEASE: Global Momentum to Protect the Antarctic Ocean Builds as International Talks Begin

Hobart, Australia, Monday October 17, 2016,: The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is calling on nations to secure the future of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, at the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) currently meeting in Hobart, Australia.

This week, representatives from 25 governments are gathering in Hobart to address three proposed marine protected areas, amounting to more than five million square kilometers of Antarctic waters.…

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