In 2009, 24 countries and the European Union (EU) agreed to a bold plan to create a circumpolar network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica by 2012. As Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), they took the first step towards fulfilling that commitment by designating the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2016, which will come into force in December 2017. After years of stalled negotiations, this accomplishment was greeted with worldwide acclaim, and breathed new life into a global effort to protect the high seas.
The designation of the world’s largest MPA was a moment of true international cooperation and consensus. CCAMLR must now maintain this momentum to fulfill their commitment to a circumpolar network. There are three more proposals on the table. An EU proposal for an MPA in the Weddell Sea has been under consideration since 2016, and a proposal for an MPA in the Western Antarctic Peninsula, led by Argentina and Chile, is expected later this year. The final proposal, the East Antarctic Representative System of MPAs (EARSMPA), was proposed to CCAMLR in 2011 by Australia and the EU.
The current EARSMPA proposal covers three areas – MacRobertson, Drygalski and D’Urville-Mertz – each of which is an important foraging area for Antarctica’s populations of mammals and birds, including emperor and Adélie penguins.…
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.…
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.…
If ever there was a bird ready to have its own day, it’s the dapper, deep-diving penguin. With penguins spending 75% of their lives at seas, it’s vital we protect the oceans around Antarctica, to ensure their survival for generations to come.
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.
The first proposed MPA, in waters off East Antarctica, is multi-use, meaning that activities, including fishing, will be allowed to take place so long as they don’t have a negative impact on the conservation or scientific objectives. Currently, toothfish catch in these waters is relatively low. Catches are relatively small and the impact on this fishing would be minimal. There has not been krill fishing in the area for more than 20 years because the density of krill in the area is up to 80 percent lower than other Antarctic waters. Even if the area was closed to krill fishing, there would still be opportunities to catch krill outside the MPA.
The second proposed MPA in the Ross Sea, if adopted as is, would cover 1.5 million square kilometres of ocean, protecting a third of the world’s emperor penguins and around half of special type of killer whales living in the area. It would also have no significant impact on overall catch limits as fishers could relocate to catch areas north of the shelf, meaning fishing boats could continue to bring in as much catch without having to travel as far into dangerous icy waters.
저는 남극해양생물자원보존위원회 (CCAMLR)가 남극대륙 주위의 해양 보호 지역들의 네트워크를 창출하는데 동의했음을 알고 있습니다. 우리의 환경에 관해 우려하는 세계 시민의 한 사람으로써 저는 여러분이 내리고자 하시는 결정에 대해 매우 많은 관심을 가지고 있습니다.
이 지역이 세계 해양의 10%를 차지하고 지상에서 가장 사람의 손이 닿지 않은 해양 환경이므로, 저는 올해 내내 CCAMLR에서 이에 관한 개발을 지켜보기 위해 남극대륙해양동맹 “Watch”에 가입했습니다.
저는 남극대륙의 주요 해양 서식지들을 보호하기 위해 해양 보호 지역 및 해양 포획 금지 구역의 대규모 네트워크를 CCAMLR에서 설립하길 요청합니다. 과도한 어업행위와 기후 변화로 위협이 증가하는 시점에서 저는 여러분이 1991년에 남극대륙을 광물 개발에서 보호했던 사람들처럼 용기를 가지시길 요청합니다. 남극대륙이 현재 처한 위협에서 벗어나기 위해 필요한 추가적인 보호를 받도록 지금 행동을 취하십시오.
CCAMLR에 일반인의 참여가 제한되고 미디어가 활용되지 않으므로, 이러한 독특한 세계적 공동 목표를 위해 목소리를 내고 남극대륙 해양을 위해 가능한 최대의 보호를 요청하는 것이 중요하다고 생각됩니다. 저는 계속 지켜보며, 행동을 취할 것이며 저의 네트워크들도 동일한 일을 하도록 요청할 것입니다.
미래 세대들을 위해 옳은 일을 하며 남극대륙 해양을 보호하십시오.
남극해양생물자원보존위원회 (CCAMLR)는 24개국 및 유럽연합으로 구성되었으며, (물개 및 고래와는 별개로) 남극 해양생물을 보존하고 관리하기 위해 1982년 설립되었습니다. CCAMLR는 불특정한 수의 남극해양생물보호구역이 2013년까지 설정되도록 하기 위해 노력해왔습니다. 이것은 미래의 세대를 위한 유산으로서 남극대륙 인근 해양을 보호하기 위해서 전에는 찾아볼 수 없던 좋은 기회입니다. CCAMLR에게 바로 그 일을 하라고 촉구하는 본 연맹에 가입해주십시오 – AOA CCAMLR ‘Watch’에 가입해주시고 호소문에 서명해주십시오.