Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


PM urged to make protecting the Ross Sea a personal mission

PM urged to make protecting the Ross Sea a personal mission


WELLINGTON, 17th Jan 2013 – The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has called on New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to make a personal commitment to securing a marine reserve in the Ross Sea this year, and to increase the level of protection, as he prepares to depart on an Antarctic voyage Thursday.

New Zealand and the United States have put forward a joint Ross Sea protection proposal for consideration by the 25 member Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) at an extra-ordinary meeting in Germany in July. Success will depend on a strong political commitment from both proponent countries.

“Later today Prime Minister John Key will be flying over the Ross Sea and we want him to reflect on the legacy he could create,” said the AOA’s NZ Coordinator Geoff Keey.

“Now is the time to protect this amazing environment and for the US and NZ to raise their ambition for long-term environmental protection. New Zealand should be leading marine protection in our region and the Ross Sea is one of the most important places where they can do that. With a decision likely to be taken this year, New Zealand needs to redouble its efforts to ensure problems raised by resistant countries such as Russia and China are recognized and resolved.”

“John Key needs to make protecting this ‘last ocean’ a personal mission. This will help ensure that the members of CCAMLR agree to adopt a comprehensive Ross Sea region marine reserve when they meet in six months’ time.”

The AOA believes that there is significant room to improve the proposal to ensure conservation success. Although it proposes that 1.6 million square kilometres of the Ross Sea region will be fully no-take, compromises to satisfy domestic fishing interests mean that two critical ecosystems in the Ross Sea region won’t get the protection they deserve.

A Special Research Zone in the heart of the Ross Sea is left open and allows on average 290 tonnes of fish to be caught each year for ‘research fishing’ purposes, most of which would then be sold on international markets. A Spawning Protection Zone is also left open allowing toothfishing during the summer therefore only ‘protecting’ the zone at times of year when no fishing can be done due to ice cover.

“The proposal to protect 1.6 million square kilometres of the Ross Sea should be the foundation upon which comprehensive protection is built. The United States and New Zealand recognise the so called Spawning Protection Zone and the Special Research Zone are special places, so why aren’t they proposing the level of protection those areas deserve?”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news