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France, Australia and the EU Can Lead in Protecting Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

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.…

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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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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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If only every day was World Penguin Day

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.

Sign our petition now and then join us in celebration of this unique bird and its marine habitat.

Credits: shot and produced by John Weller

Music: Jeff Pevar

Graphics: Tim Turner, John Weller.

Natural Sounds: Macaulay Librart, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Theodore A. Parker III, Jesse H. Barry, John Weller.

Additional Footage: Rodrigo Zalles/CSA-UPCH, HumBoldt Penguins, Peter Young, Yellow Eyed Penguins Cassandra Brooks, “Endangered Wildlife” Patricia Majluf, Fishing Pew Charitable Trusts, Interview.

© John B. Weller (2014)

Antarctic Ocean Alliance: Join the Watch


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.

Proposed East Antarctica MPAs

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.

Proposed Ross Sea MPA

Find the full report and analysis, here: How Fisheries And Marine Protection Can Coexist In The Southern Ocean


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