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Milestone agreement to create world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica

Friday, October 28th 2016 - 13:28 UTC
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The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a “momentous” agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition. The deal, sealed by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at an annual meeting in Hobart after years of negotiations, will see a massive US and New Zealand-backed marine protected area established in the Ross Sea. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    No doubt Troll boy will be raging about Anglos stealing the waters around Argentina's rightful birthright

    Oct 28th, 2016 - 07:17 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    The Ross Sea is in an area that, if my plans and recommendations for Antarctica were to be implemented, would be administered and territorially adjunct to New Zealand and Australia, I think the same goes for the French-Australian proposal. I have absolutely no problem with that, those two countries (NOT FRANCE), should have full say over what happens in that region of Antarctica that has a direct effect on their landmass.

    You can forget about the Weddell Sea proposal, Argentina will veto that in perpetuity and there is nothing anyone else can do. The Weddell Sea zone will never happen, but that does not mean ultra-strict environmental controls should NOT be pursued.

    I do suggest Argentina propose a wildlife refuge zone stretching from west of London south to Paris, then east to Berlin. With the EUians so concerned about creating wildlife refuges in Africa, the Amazon, Antarctica, South East Asia, etc, surely they would have qualms about protecting their own continent right...

    Oct 29th, 2016 - 11:21 am - Link - Report abuse -4
  • gyforks

    We are sending Harry to gingerise South America. They will queue up to be serviced. Selective breeding will eventually remove all traces of Ibero/Latin culcher and clean it up.

    Oct 29th, 2016 - 02:16 pm - Link - Report abuse -1
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    I guess you must be a dentist. No need to expand into South America, as it is there is not enough of them in the UK. I think the ratio of dentists to population in order to resolve the shortage is 1:1.

    Oct 29th, 2016 - 02:39 pm - Link - Report abuse -4
  • Pugol-H


    Antarctic treaty doesn’t last forever Toby, when it runs out we can apply whatever conservation measures we like in British Territory, there’s an awful lot of it down there, you know.

    Oct 29th, 2016 - 06:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15


    A pretty stupid comment but what we come to expect of you.

    Oct 29th, 2016 - 10:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    Hahahaha... A treaty doesn't last forever? Yes it does, per the UK. That supposed 1850 Treaty, that one lasts forever no? That treaty does not even have any “in perpetuity” clause, like the Gibraltar one, yet you all hold Argentina to the standard that it is eternal.

    You signed a treaty in Antarctica, which includes giving Argentina the right of unilateral veto over anything that happens there.

    So nothing you can do, we are in control if we want to oppose any measure. Of course you are more than welcome to abrogate or violate the treaty, and attack Argentine territory (Antarctica). No British territories to be found anywhere there south of Sandwich.

    Oct 30th, 2016 - 03:21 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Clyde15

    No Argentine territories either.

    Oct 30th, 2016 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H


    Actually it expires in 2048, meanwhile it says:

    Article IV
    [territorial claims]

    2. No acts or activities taking place while the present Treaty is in force shall constitute a basis for asserting, supporting or denying a claim to territorial sovereignty in Antarctica. No new claim, or enlargement of an existing claim, to territorial sovereignty shall be asserted while the present Treaty is in force.

    So much for you “longest continues occupation” claim, of someone else’s territory.

    The time since 1961 when the treaty came into force, cannot be counted.

    Face facts Toby, the British made their claims to Antarctica by going there, exploring and sticking flags in the ground.

    Argentina made its claim 100 years later by sticking pins in a map (drawn by the British) in an office in BA.

    You just don’t have a case, and we have the means in place to defend our territory.

    Oct 30th, 2016 - 05:37 pm - Link - Report abuse +2
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    “Face facts Toby, the British made their claims to Antarctica by going there, exploring and sticking flags in the ground.”

    You are hillarious, and the reason why your country should be bombed to smithers at the first sign of stirrings. You are trully incorrigible people.

    YOU, lecturing Argentina on colonialism, and here you are in 2016 talking about planting a flag and that's all the justification you need to murder, plunder, oppress, and destroy. Don't you see how pathetic your values as a person and as a country you have then... maybe you should change. If anything, to at least have the right to chastise Argentina. Right now, you don't.

    As for means to defend your territory, well Antarctica isn't your territory so everyone on this planet will side against you if you fight, and you will lose have no doubts about that.

    Oct 31st, 2016 - 04:40 am - Link - Report abuse -1
  • Clyde15

    You are losing the plot TROLL boy. Go sit in a garden and breathe deeply and relax. The bogey man will not get you.

    You do realise that nobody takes you seriously on this forum as you are so histrionic and given to extreme hyperbole. The whole world thinks that you are off your rocker.

    Oct 31st, 2016 - 09:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    @ Capi
    You are the one who wants to break the Antarctic treaty and start plundering and destroying Antarctica (luckily there is no one living there for you to murder or oppress). We are all happy to stick to the treaty and do nothing but research.

    Oct 31st, 2016 - 10:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    Discovering, exploring and “sticking flags in the ground”, is a far more legitimate way of making a claim than, “sticking pins in a map (drawn by the British) in an office in BA, 100 years later”.

    British territory long before Argentina finished ethnically cleansing your way to the S. Atlantic coast and proximity to the British territories of the S. Atlantic/Antarctic.

    Truth is Toby that in the Falklands, S. Georgia/Sandwich Islands and British Antarctic Territories there was no one to murder, plunder, oppress, and destroy when the British arrived with their flags

    Unlike Argentina of course, washed in blood as it was.

    The rest of the world will be too busy staking their own claims, to worry about what the British are doing in their territory.

    Argentina, then as now, will not be a “player” in that game when it happens.

    With no history or current presence in the region you have nothing to base a claim on, oh and do give us all a laugh and quote your surrogate Russian Gulag. Almost as funny as the story of your icebreaker.

    Even your “proximity” is based on ocupation of land conquered long after S. Atlantic/Antarctica became established British territory.

    The capital budget alone for the British Antarctic survey is bigger than Argentina’s defence and Antarctic budgets combined.

    That’s why they sail about in shiny new Boaty McBoatfaces and you’re stuck in the mud, even if they ever finish fixing it.

    Just not in it, are you!

    Oct 31st, 2016 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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