Despite pressure from Australia, France and the EU, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) recently failed to reach agreement on creating a new Marine Protection Area (MPA) off the East Antarctic coast. It had been hoped to create a protected zone covering one million square kilometers of sea rich in cold-water corals and penguin foraging grounds. This was a disappointment for many conservationists, especially after last year’s successful creation of the Ross Sea MPA, the largest such area in the world.

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CCAMLR report on Annual Meeting

BBC introduction to Ross Sea MPA

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