Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
|Formation||20 May 1980|
|26 Member States + 11 Acceding States|
|Dr David Agnew|
The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, also known as the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, and CCAMLR, is part of the Antarctic Treaty System.
The convention was opened for signature on 1 August 1980 and entered into force on 7 April 1982 by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, headquartered in Tasmania, Australia. The goal is to preserve marine life and environmental integrity in and near Antarctica.
It was established in large part to concerns that an increase in krill catches in the Southern Ocean could have a serious impact on populations of other marine life which are dependent upon krill for food.
In 1989, CCAMLR set up the Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) to further monitor the effects of fishing and harvesting of species in the area.
|Acceding and Member State||Acceding States only|
Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)
In 2009, the Commission agreed by consensus to creating a representative network of MPAs by 2012. It was the first international body to do this based on recommendations from the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. In 2011, it identified nine planning domains within which to designate these protected areas.
|Marine Protected Area||Size||Status||Proposed||Proposed by||Designated|
|South Orkneys||94,000 km2||Designated||United Kingdom||2009|
|Ross Sea||1,550,000 km2||Designated||2012||New Zealand, United States||2016|
|East Antarctica||950,000 km2||Proposal||2010||Australia, France, European Union||N/A|
|Weddell Sea||1,800,000 km2||Proposal||2016||Germany, European Union||N/A|
|Antarctic Peninsula||450,000 km2||Proposal||2018||Argentina, Chile||N/A|
South Orkneys MPA
It was proposed by the United Kingdom and covers 94,000 km2. It came into force in May 2010.
Ross Sea MPA
In July 2013, the Commission held a special meeting in Bremerhaven to consider proposals for MPAs in both the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. Consensus was not reached after Russia voted against the proposals, citing uncertainty about whether the commission had the authority to establish a protected area.
On 28 October 2016, after several years of scientific and diplomatic discussions, the Commission agreed by consensus to designate the Ross Sea marine protected area at its annual meeting in Hobart. The protected area covers 1.55 million square kilometers of ocean, of which 72% is a no-take zone. The remaining 28% include some harvesting of fish and krill for the purpose of scientific research.
East Antarctic MPA
In 2010, Australia, France and the European Union submitted a proposal for an MPA in East Antarctica. It originally included seven representative areas with varying degrees of protection and covered 1.8 million square kilometers of ocean. By 2017, these were scaled back to three areas covering just under 1 million square kilometres. This was due to the political concerns and economic interests expressed by some Member states. The proposal was also amended to include an expiration of 30 years after designation and the ability to review its monitoring and management every ten years. It has been under consideration by the Commission since 2012.
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