Join the #Antarctica2020 movement!
In October 2016, the 25 member governments that make up the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed by consensus to designate the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) in Antarctica's Ross Sea. Commercial fishing is banned throughout an area that covers more than 2 million square kilometers, including the Ross Ice Shelf.
The Ross Sea Region MPA is a huge conservation win for the world’s oceans and an important first step toward fulfilling a commitment that CCAMLR governments made in 2002 to create a broader Southern Ocean MPA network.
When CCAMLR members meet again in October this year, we expect them to continue this good work by designating MPAs in the Weddell Sea and in the waters off East Antarctica that set aside areas where no commercial fishing is allowed. Such an action would continue the momentum toward establishing a network of marine protected areas and reserves throughout the Southern Ocean by 2020. We need your support to make that happen!
2020 marks the 200-year anniversary of the first sighting of Antarctica. It is also the year by which countries committed to protect 10 percent of the ocean globally. Join the call to celebrate Antarctica by protecting this special place for future generations.
Act now: Call on world leaders to fully protect the marine waters of East Antarctica and the Weddell Sea when they meet in October.