Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

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Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
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Logo of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
Abbreviation CCAMLR
Formation 20 May 1980 (37 years ago) (1980-05-20)
Type International organization
Purpose Environment
Headquarters Hobart, Australia
Coordinates 42°53′12″S 147°19′28″E / 42.8866992°S 147.3243362°E / -42.8866992; 147.3243362Coordinates: 42°53′12″S 147°19′28″E / 42.8866992°S 147.3243362°E / -42.8866992; 147.3243362
Area served
Antarctic
Membership
24 Member States + 11 Acceding States
Executive Secretary
Andrew Wright
Website www.ccamlr.org

The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, also 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.[1]

In 1989, CCAMLR set up the Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP) to further monitor the effects of fishing and harvesting of species in the area.

In July 2013, the CCAMLR held a meeting in Bremerhaven in Germany, to decide whether to turn the Ross Sea into an MPA (Marine Protected Area). The deal failed due to Russia voting against it, citing uncertainty about whether the commission had the authority to establish a marine protected area.[2]

On the 28th October 2016 at its annual meeting in Hobart, a Ross Sea marine park was finally declared by the CCAMLR, under an agreement signed by 24 countries and the European Union. It protects over 1.5 million square kilometres of sea, and is the world's largest.

Member states[edit]

Acceding and Member State[3] Acceding States only[4]
 Argentina  Bulgaria
 Australia  Canada
 Belgium  Cook Islands
 Brazil  Finland
 Chile  Greece
 China  Mauritius
 Europe  Netherlands
 France  Pakistan
 Germany  Panama
 India  Peru
 Italy  Vanuatu
 Japan
 South Korea
 Namibia
 New Zealand
 Norway
 Poland
 Russia
 South Africa
 Spain
 Sweden
 Ukraine
 United Kingdom
 United States
 Uruguay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources". ccamlr.org. 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  2. ^ NewScientist, No. 2926, 20 July, "Fight to preserve last pristine ecosystem fails"
  3. ^ "Members of the Commission". Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Acceding States | CCAMLR". www.ccamlr.org. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 

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