HSI disappointed at failure of CCAMLR meeting
Humane Society International (HSI) shares the disappointment and frustration of our fellow NGOs and the overwhelming majority of member governments in response to the failure of a special meeting, in Bremerhaven, of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to agree to establish the first tranche of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.
“That it was Russia and the Ukraine which blocked agreement for entirely political reasons seemed like a return to the bad old days of the Soviet Union,” HSI spokesperson Alistair Graham said. “If Russia is going to contest the right of CCAMLR to establish MPAs on the high seas – despite it being a conservation regime open for any interested country to join – maybe it’s time for the international community to contest the right of Russia to fish on the high seas in the Southern Ocean.”
“If Russia is going to demonstrate such bad faith when it comes to exercising its duty under the Law of the Sea to conserve resources, it must expect resistance from the international community in supporting their right to exploit resources. The next CCAMLR meeting in Hobart in October will be a make-or-break meeting – will the world move forward in better protecting the world’s oceans or will the selfish few hold us back?,” Mr Graham concluded.