Antarctic Ocean campaign
Antarctic Ocean campaign - HSI joins other environment groups to call for protection for Antarctica' s waters
The Antarctic Ocean Alliance, an international collective of environmental organisations and high-profile supporters, have come together to call for the world' s largest network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves to be established to protect Antarctica' s Southern Ocean.
Alliance members and supporters include actor, activist and UN Biodiversity Ambassador Edward Norton, Oceanographer Sylvia Earle, entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Ted Turner, as well as 15 environmental and conservation organisations including Humane Society International, Greenpeace, WWF, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and many others.
The regulatory body responsible for this region ' “ the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) ' “ has agreed to create a network of marine protected areas in some of the ocean around Antarctica. However, CCAMLR meets with limited public participation and no media access and the Alliance believes that, without public attention during the process, only minimal protection will be achieved.
Antarctic waters make up almost 10% of the world' s seas and are some of the most pristine left on earth. Home to almost 10,000 unique and diverse species such as penguins, seals and whales, these waters are now at risk from the impacts of commercial fishing and climate change. The Alliance is calling for 19 critical habitats in Antarctica' s Southern Ocean to be protected, starting with the Ross Sea.
To find out more about the campaign, and to ' ˜join the watch' visit www.antarcticocean.org
Weddell Seal in Ross Sea, Antarctic, Image by John Weller
In addition to the campaign, HSI has also been working on attaining listing under the EPBC Act of the Australian Antarctic Territory and the waters in its Exclusive Economic Zone, as National Heritage. HSI continues to work not only on reducing bycatch of sub-Antarctic albatrosses and petrels populations in longline fisheries but also on the full suite of Southern Ocean conservation issues as a member of ASOC, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition of environmental groups. With CCAMLR' s success in recent years in reducing seabird bycatch, the focus of attention is shifting to longlining in the southern bluefin tuna fishery to the north of the CCAMLR Area where thousands of these seabirds are killed unnecessarily each year
HSI also works to ensure Australian domestic law is upheld in Australia's Antarctic territorial waters, which in 2008 resulted in the Australian Federal Court declaring that Japan' s annual whale hunts in is in breach of Australian law and issuing an injunction ordering them to stop. HSI continues to push Government to enforce both the injunction and federal environmental law. Click here for more information about HSI's legal case for the whales.
Penguins hunting, Ross Sea, Antarctic Image by John Weller
HSI disappointed at failure of ccamlr meeting
July 17th 2013 click here
Decision time for world's largest marine reserve proposals in Antarctica's Southern Ocean - "Opportunity for global leadership and lasting legacy"
July 12th 2013 download PDF (508 kB)
AOA: sad day for southern ocean as ccamlr fails to agree on antarctic marine protected area initiatives
November 1st 2012 download PDF (344.2 kB)
HSI welcomes antarctic marine reserve proposal
October 30th 2012 click here
World heritage for Antarctica not the answer
June 19th 2012 click here
NEW GLOBAL ALLIANCE LAUNCHES REPORT CALLING FOR PROTECTION FOR OVER 40% OF ANTARCTICA'S SOUTHERN OCEAN
May 21st 2012 download PDF (346.6 kB)
REPORT- Antarctic ocean legacy: a vision for circumpolar protection
May 21st 2012 download PDF (2,623.6 kB)
NEW VISION for Antarctic marine protection: over 40% of the southern ocean should be protected
May 21st 2012 download PDF (470 kB)
Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea
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New alliance calls for unprecedented protection for Antarctica's oceans
February 28 2012 download PDF (160.1 kB)