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Protecting Antarctica

Oceans 5 is supporting the Antarctic Ocean Alliance and the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition in their campaign to secure several large new marine reserves in the waters around Antarctica.  If successful, the campaign will create the largest marine reserves on the planet, beginning with two significant areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica.   Additional areas could be added in the Weddell Sea and along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Antarctica is home to a wide variety of fish and wildlife, including whales, penguins, seals and sea birds.  An international treaty for peace and science protects the terrestrial continent of Antarctica.  However, the vast and remote waters of the Southern Ocean remain open to exploitation by fishing fleets from nations throughout the world.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) governs the international waters around Antarctica.  It is comprised of 24 member nations plus the European Union.  In 2009, CCAMLR pledged to create a series of marine protected areas by 2012.  However, CCAMLR operates by consensus, requiring that all members either approve — or not object to — the designation of marine reserves.

With Oceans 5 support, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance built an international coalition of leading organizations with capacity in each of the CCAMLR member nations. Coalition leaders include WWF, Greenpeace, The Last Ocean, and Pew Charitable Trusts.  The coalition conducts research, publishes reports, engages the media and advocates conservation objectives to governments.  Oceans 5 expects to provide funds to support this work for three years beginning in 2011.

Photo by John Weller.

Photo by John B. Weller.