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Russia and Norway: You’ve ‘saved’ the Arctic, now it’s time to protect the Antarctic

An official statement released on January 23rd by Russia’s Federal Agency for Fisheries, announced that “Russia and Norway will sign a declaration on preventing unregulated fishing in the Arctic Ocean, helping to conserve the Arctic”.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation & Head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries, Ilya Shestakov was quoted saying that:

“Creating an effective mechanism to regulate fishing in the region is an urgent task, because the Arctic is the last major region in respect of which have not yet developed international agreements in the field of fisheries.”

“Last major region” is an interesting choice of words – at the other end of Planet Earth is another “major region” which has a developed set of international agreements, but as of yet, not protection: the Southern Ocean, surrounding Antarctica. Just this week, Interpol has issued three “purplenotices” against illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean, while both the New Zealand Navy and activist group Sea Shepherd have had separate runs with the pirate fishing boats.

While commending both Russia and Norway for their Arctic cooperation during a difficult period for international diplomacy, and agreeing that the protection Arctic marine biodiversity is of utmost importance, we at the Antarctic Ocean Alliance think it’s time to remind Minister Shestakov and his Norwegian colleague, Leydulvom Namtvedtom, that both nations also have a responsibility to ensure creation of marine protected areas in the Antarctic.…

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Global Efforts to Protect Southern Ocean Blocked by China and Russia: International Commission Unable to Reach Consensus

HOBART, 31 October 2014 – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.…

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It’s Time to Rally Together for the Southern Ocean

Today is World Oceans Day, and the perfect day to reflect on both the power and the fragility of the deep blue. A day to celebrate the seas as a place of vibrancy and life – that connects each of us and our continents, not divides us.

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Penguins deliver an urgent message to European leaders

World Penguin Day

To mark World Penguin Day, penguins paid a visit to Norway’s parliament, the Stortinget in Oslo, and the European Commission to ask Europe’s leaders to save their home by supporting protection of 3 million square kilometres of the Antarctic Ocean.

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