Saturday 12 November 2011

Moves to protect Southern Ocean ecosystem


The 30th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), held recently in Hobart, has paved the way for the declaration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.

Building on an undertaking made in 2009, the Commission endorsed a conservation agreement that will form the basis for declaration of MPAs.

The 26 nations represented on CCAMLR, including Australia, now have an agreed framework for developing and proposing Southern Ocean MPAs. This is complemented by the establishment of a CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program Fund to ensure that management decisions are based on sound, targeted research.

Progress was also made on the addressing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Southern Ocean, particularly for toothfish, and on management of the krill fishery. Concerns in 1982 about unsustainable krill harvesting in the Southern Ocean was the primary driver for the establishment of CCAMLR. 


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