Plans for Antarctic Marine Reserves Fail Again

Written by on July 17, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law
Emperor Penguins, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo credit: John B. Weller courtesy The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Emperor Penguins, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Photo credit: John B. Weller courtesy The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Unfortunately, plans to create what would have been the world’s largest marine reserve have failed.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) called a special meeting to reconsider the creation of large-scale marine reserves in Antarctica, but the decision was blocked by Russia.

The plans had widespread support from scientists, governments and environmental groups but required the agreement of all 25 members of CCAMLR. Yesterday, the Russian delegation questioned the authority of CCAMLR to create reserves and with support from Ukraine, stalled the decision.

There will be another opportunity to approve the creation of a Southern Ocean sanctuary at CCAMLR’s annual meeting in October, but right now the outcome doesn’t look good.

To learn more:
-Read an update from PEW: Antarctic Marine Reserve Talks Fail
-And one from Nature: Shock as Antarctic protection plans scuppered
-Read the ASOC Closing Statement read to CCAMLR
-Check out 10 Reasons to Create Marine Reserves Around Antarctica
-Read about previous attempts to protect Antarctica: No Protection for the Southern Ocean

Copyright © 2013 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of MarineScienceToday.com. She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She is also a PADI diver and dog lover. .

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