By adding my name, I join millions of people around the world calling on world leaders to establish a network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves in Antarctica’s unique ocean habitats.
The 24 countries and the EU that make up the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) recently made history by protecting 1.5 million square kilometres of Antarctica’s Ross Sea. This was an historic agreement to protect international waters. However, to provide adequate protection for most of the world’s penguins, seals, and krill from the threat of climate change and overfishing, these countries must deliver on their promise to create a complete system of marine protected areas around Antarctica, with additional marine reserves in East Antarctica, the Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula.
2020 marks the 200 year anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. It is also the year by which countries committed to protect 10 percent of the ocean globally. I join the call to celebrate Antarctica by protecting this special place for future generations.
Who is CCAMLR?
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), made up of 24 countries and the European Union, conserves and manages Antarctic marine life. In recognition of the threats facing the region, CCAMLR has committed to establishing a network of Antarctic marine protected areas. They have an unprecedented opportunity to protect the international waters around Antarctica as a legacy for future generations.