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Report calls for 3.6 million sq km Ross Sea marine reserve

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New Alliance launches report calling for 3.6 million sq km of fully protected marine reserve in Antarctica’s Ross Sea

WELLINGTON, 28 February 2012 – A new coalition of environmental groups and notable people, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA), launched its first report, “Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea”, at a reception for Parliamentarians and guests in Wellington today. The report outlines a proposal and rationale for a fully protected marine reserve in the Ross Sea, to become the keystone of the world’s largest network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.

The Alliance is made up of supporters such as actor and UN Biodiversity Ambassador Edward Norton, Oceanographer. Dr Sylvia Earle, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and some 16 global environmental organisations including Greenpeace, WWF, Forest & Bird and ECO, the Environment and Conservation Organisations of NZ.

The new Alliance proposal calls for 3.6 million square kilometres of critical ecosystems in the Ross Sea to be protected from fishing and development. The Alliance proposal builds on and strengthens the current Ross Sea scenarios of the US and New Zealand governments, encompassing three additional areas with environmental features and critical habitats for the protection of this unique ocean ecosystem. If established, it would be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve. The report describes the extraordinary and fascinating ecosystems of the Ross Sea region through the marine research to date and creates a clear vision to protect this unique ecosystem.

“The Ross Sea is one of the most amazing and relatively untouched marine environments on earth,” said the Alliance’s Chuck Fox.“ While there are two proposals on the table to protect some of it, our report shows that we need a much broader and ecosystems-focused approach if we are to ensure this environment remains healthy and stable."

The regulatory body responsible for the Ross Sea and the rest of the Southern Ocean – the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) – has agreed to create a network of marine protected areas in some of the ocean around Antarctica this year and next. However, CCAMLR meets with limited public participation and no media access and the Alliance believes that, without public attention during the process, only minimal protection will be achieved.

The Alliance will launch the full global campaign later today with a video, new website, social media and call for public action to “Join the Watch” of the issue and sign a petition supporting Antarctica’s marine protection.

“The fate of the Antarctic’s Ross Sea is likely to be decided by 24 countries and the EU this year and the global public knows nothing about it,” said Alliance Campaign Director Steve Campbell. “Now is the time to protect this amazing environment but we’ll need the global public involved to make that happen."

Antarctic waters make up almost 10% of the world’s seas and are some of the most intact left on earth. Home to almost 10,000 unique and diverse species such as penguins, seals and whales, these waters are now at risk from the impacts of commercial fishing and climate change. In addition to the Ross Sea region outlined, the Alliance is calling for 19 critical habitats in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean to be protected and will release a report in the coming months analysing all of these critical habitats.

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is a coalition of high-profile individuals such as actor and UN Biodiversity Ambassador Edward Norton, Oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson as well as leading environmental groups. These include Greenpeace, WWF, Humane Society International, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), the Blue Marine Foundation (UK), Mission Blue (US), Oceans 5 (US), Deep Wave (Germany), The Last Ocean, Forest & Bird (NZ), ECO (NZ), and associate partners the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Korean Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), Greenovation Hub (China), Oceana, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Ocean Planet (Australia) and other groups worldwide.


Report: 11073_AOA_Ross_Sea_Report_Web.pdf

Note: High-resolution photos and a video news release are available at: http://www.reru.com.au/Mediafiles/Antarctic_Ocean_Alliance/
Our “Join the Watch” video on YouTube and Vimeo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHgIY32wmqw&feature=youtube http://vimeo.com/37420278
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Antarctic-Ocean-Alliance-New-Zealand/156955897753990
Twitter: #JointheWatch, #Im_watching_because, #AOA

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