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

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: New Figures Show Speculators Rampant

New figures released by the Reserve Bank show there’s been an explosion in mortgage lending with most of the growth going to property investors, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. More>>

ALSO:

False Official Information Response: English's Apology Accepted

Finance Minister Bill English is being thanked for his apology to New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters... Mr English says his staff and the Treasury have searched again, and they found the document that they denied having. More>>

ALSO:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news