Written by Matt McGrath, Science reporter for BBC World Service, published November 1, 2012. The commission was considering proposals for marine reserves in two critical areas of the Ross Sea.
Governments meeting in Australia have failed to reach agreement on new marine protected areas for the Antarctic ocean. They have deferred a decision until July 2013 when all the relevant science will be considered. Environmental groups have expressed deep concern about the lack of consensus on how to develop a network of protected zones.
“This responsibility, and this failure, rests with all the members.” ~ Jim Barnes, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
They blame Russia, China and Ukraine for blocking agreement. For the past two weeks the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has been meeting in Tasmania.
What has the CCAMLR accomplished previously?
- No deal on Antarctic reserves (bbc.co.uk)
- China Blocks Protection of Antarctica’s Waters: Report (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Nations fail to agree plan to protect seas around Antarctica (reuters.com)
- Antarctic marine park negotiations end in failure (abc.net.au)