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Montevideo, November 19th 2017 - 05:00 UTC

Tag: Ross Sea

  • Wednesday, October 25th 2017 - 08:57 UTC

    Australia and France fresh push for East Antarctica MPA in CCAMLR meeting

    In a major breakthrough, agreement was reached in 2016 to establish the world's largest reserve after Russia dropped its long-held opposition over fishing rights

    Australia and France have kicked off a fresh push this week to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.

  • Monday, October 16th 2017 - 11:30 UTC

    Massive starvation of Adelie penguin chicks; allegedly extensive ice late in summer to blame

    The discovery of the penguin chick deaths has prompted renewed calls for more marine protected areas in Antarctic waters.

    Thousands of Adelie penguin chicks died in Antarctica early this year, in an event now prompting conservationists to call for the urgent protection of east Antarctic waters. Scientists studying a colony of more than 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in the French Antarctic territory, Adelie Land, discovered only two chicks had survived at the start of 2017. The rest of the chicks had starved.

  • Wednesday, April 26th 2017 - 08:10 UTC

    Twelve million penguins in Antarctica, according to the 2017 SOAP report

    SOAP report collected data from 660 or more sites across the Antarctic continent and draws on current scientific data, including 3,176 records from 101 sources

    April 25 is World Penguin Day, timed to coincide with the annual northward march to the sea of Antarctic penguins, as autumn edges toward winter in that part of the world. There are 12 million penguins in Antarctica, according to a new report – the inaugural State Of Antarctic Penguins 2017 (SOAP) report – also released on Tuesday.

  • Monday, January 30th 2017 - 09:55 UTC

    New Antarctica record for a cruise vessel

    The World is currently undertaking a 22-day expedition of the Ross Sea, including 12 days in Antarctica assisted by EYOS Expeditions led by Rob McCallum.

    The residential ship, The World, has broken the record for the most southerly navigation reaching 78°43•997´S and 163°41•421´W at the Bay of Whales in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. The World recorded this polar record at 10:41hrs ship’s time on Saturday. Commanded by Captain Dag H. Saevik this is the furthest south any vessel has ever sailed.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 09:09 UTC

    New Zealand sends patrol vessel to help combat illegal fishing in Ross Sea

    HMNZS Wellington’s patrols will be complemented by a RNZAF P3-K2 Orion surveillance flight

    Patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington departs on Sunday for the Southern Ocean from Dunedin to monitor the annual fishing season in the Ross Sea region in an attempt to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the area.

  • Monday, October 17th 2016 - 09:34 UTC

    Global momentum to protect the Antarctic Ocean builds as international talks begin in Hobart

    “The time for action to safeguard the Antarctic’s waters, the engine room of the ocean, is now. Commitments for almost 4m sq kms of MPAs have been made in the past weeks” Mike Walker said.

    The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is calling on nations to secure the future of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean, at the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) currently meeting in Hobart, Australia. This week, representatives from 25 governments are gathering in Hobart to address three proposed marine protected areas, amounting to more than five million square kilometers of Antarctic waters.

  • Saturday, October 15th 2016 - 10:48 UTC

    Russia Is Vital to Protecting Antarctica’s Ross Sea

    Putin has expanded protection for a region known as Franz Josef Land, a remote Arctic region, of “rocky, glaciated islands” with “stunning biodiversity.”

    By José María Figueres (*) - The key to protecting Antarctica’s Ross Sea may well lie with Russia. On Monday the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, comprising 24 nations and the European Union, will discuss, once again, the creation of a large, marine protected area in the Southern Ocean.

  • Thursday, January 28th 2016 - 06:02 UTC

    HMS Protector in New Zealand as part of her Southern Ocean patrol

    Protector conducted a five week fisheries patrol in the Southern Ocean and was the first Royal Navy vessel in 80 years to visit the East Antarctic and Ross Sea regions

    HMS Protector has arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand, as part of her historic Southern Ocean patrol. The arrival of the specialist ice patrol ship marks the close cooperation that exists between the UK and New Zealand in upholding the conservation rules of the Antarctic Treaty System and to protect the Southern Ocean from illegal fishing activities.

  • Tuesday, January 19th 2016 - 07:04 UTC

    Ice Patrol HMS Protector concludes historic five week patrol to East Antarctica and Ross Sea

    The Ice Patrol breaking ice while sailing in the Ross Sea, and among other duties conducted CCAMLR inspections

    The Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol ship has just completed a historic five week patrol to the East Antarctic and Ross Sea. HMS Protector is the first Royal Navy, or UK Government, vessel to have visited the region in 80 years or to have travelled so far south having dipped below 77 degrees latitude.

  • Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:08 UTC

    Frustration with CCAMLR meeting: no advance on conservation proposals

    ”CCAMLR failed to pass a single important measure to enhance conservation – its primary responsibility,” said Mark Epstein from ASOC

    The 34th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources closed Friday in Hobart, Tasmania with the unexpected emergence of China as a supporter for a revised Ross Sea MPA. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) described the Commission’s slow progress to live up to its conservation responsibilities as “challenging”.

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