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Antarctic Photographer Wins Global Wildlife Photograph Competition – Laurent Ballesta Sends Message to CCAMLR to “Ensure There is Still Marine Life to Photograph in the Future”

London, UK / Hobart, Australia, October 17th/18th 2017:  The prestigious, international Wildlife Photographer of the Year award, hosted at the Natural History Museum in London, this evening voted Antarctic underwater photographer and explorer, Laurent Ballesta (1) Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in the Category Earth and Environment with his epic photograph of “The Iceberg”. (2)

The award-winning image was one of more than a dozen pictures presented yesterday to the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) (3), serving as a reminder of the need to give protection to the fragile marine life and habitats in the waters around East Antarctica.
In a message from London, Ballesta called on CCAMLR Member states to act decisively this year to designate an effective marine protected area (MPA) for three regions of East Antarctica – where the photographs were taken.(4)…
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Nations Urged to Maintain the Momentum of Marine Protection in Antarctic Waters

 

Hobart, Australia, October 16th 2017:  In an era of climate change and increasing pressure on Antarctic marine life,  effective measures to protect Antarctic ecosystems must be agreed in the next two weeks by member states of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) (1).…

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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.…

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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

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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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