Marine Protected Areas: A fundamental tool for long-term ocean biodiversity protection and sustainable management
06 Jun 2013 | Article
IUCN deeply regrets that no new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) were declared by the thirty first meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), despite Members’ commitment to do so. This is deeply unfortunate at a time when pressures on polar regions are higher than ever from growth in human activities such as resource extraction, shipping, and tourism. Combined with climate change and ocean acidification, there is an increasing need to ensure that ecosystem resilience and integrity is maintained and strengthened through such area-based measures. …
08 Nov 2012 | Article
Antarctica is, on average, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth. The waters around Antarctica – the Southern Ocean – is one of the most productive oceans on the planet and is the home for many charismatic wildlife including penguins, whales, dolphins and seals.
Human extractions from and activities in the Southern Ocean, compared to other areas of the world’s ocean, are relatively low. However, with increasing pressure on marine living resources such as krill – shrimp-like crustacean – and fish species such as the Antarctic toothfish – also known as Chilean Seabass – the management and regulation of human activities, in particles fisheries, becomes even more important. …
15 Mar 2012 | Article