The World’s Largest Protected Area in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

In 2016, CCAMLR twenty-five members, many of which with fishing interests in the Antarctic, agreed to create the world’s largest protected area in the Ross Sea. This MPA is also an example of how states can achieve conservation goals in an international space by consensus. Currently, it is crucial that CCAMLR members continue the necessary research, monitoring and enforcement of the MPA in order to make sure the MPA fulfills its conservation objectives. Moreover, CCAMLR members should actively participate in the development of a management plan and put in place the necessary resources to implement the MPA. CCAMLR has been praised as a leader in the international management of oceans resources and thus, it must continue with its commitment to achieve a significant system of MPAs in the Southern Ocean.

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