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Major Victory for Protection of the Southern Ocean

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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. “This decision shows that CCAMLR takes its role as protector of Antarctic waters seriously.”

Mike Walker, Project Director of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, said the deal was an important milestone for ocean conservation, but urged countries to go further.

“For the first time, countries have put aside their differences to protect a large area of the Southern Ocean and international waters,” Walker said. “The limited 35-year restriction for protection of the Ross Sea contradicts the scientific advice that marine protection should be long-term. Nevertheless, we are confident that the significant benefits of protecting the Southern Ocean will soon be clear and the international community will act to safeguard this special place long into the future.”

The Ross Sea is one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the world, home to penguins, Weddell seals, Antarctic toothfish, and a unique type of killer whale.…

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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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Vale Michel Rocard, father of Antarctic protection, 1930-2016

Some say Antarctica is the last pristine wilderness left on the planet. It is the only place in the world where the environment and science are prioritised both on the continent and in the surrounding Southern Ocean. How did this region escape war, human destruction, mineral exploitation and rampant development?

The answer is that Antarctica is home to one of the most successful international agreements: The Protocol of Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.…

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Despite substantial movement from China on Antarctic Conservation, Southern Ocean progress remains stalled while protection efforts expand around world

HOBART, 30 October 2015 – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and in East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart.

However, a statement of support by China for a revised Ross Sea Proposal– which has in past years actively blocked this proposal, and a statement of commitment by Russia for inter-sessional discussion of the proposal, has given hope to a process that has thus far been clouded by inaction, uncertainty and active blocking.…

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What Antarctica teaches me about politics

By Daniel W. Drezner

The aesthetic pleasures of a cruise to Antarctica are considerable. The scenery is majestic. The animal life – whales, seals and lots and lots and lots of penguins – is simply adorable. And I’m never giving another dime to National Geographic, because even a photographic newbie can produce calendar-worthy pictures. …

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