Protecting the Weddell Sea

In 2009, CCAMLR members committed to create a “representative MPA network within the Convention Area for 2012” (CCAMLR 2009). The proposed Marine Protected Area in the Weddell Sea, formulated by Germany and presented by the European Union in 2016, will be an important component of this protection system. The Weddell Sea is currently being threatened by climate change and the fishing industry which can dramatically alter its unique environment. The Weddell Sea region MPA proposal defined conservation objectives and large no-take areas. Whilst some aspects of the proposal could be strengthened, the proposed MPA is a strong starting point for protecting the Weddell Sea region.

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