Category Archives: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

WWF welcomed on Monday July 9, 2018, the announcement of a voluntary krill fishery closure along the Antarctic Peninsula by five fishing companies who make up the Association of Responsible Krill Harvesting companies (ARK), and which represent 85% of the krill fishing industry in the Antarctic: the world’s largest krill fishing company, Aker BioMarine (Norway), Pesca Chile (Chile), Insung (South Korea),  Rimfrost (Norway)  and China National Fisheries Corporation (China). The companies have also pledged to support the scientific and political process for the creation of a network of large-scale marine protected areas in the Antarctic, including areas in which they currently operate.

Aker BioMarine also says it will support the creation of marine sanctuaries in Antarctica through the establishment of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in coming years. “WWF welcomes the initiative by Aker BioMarine and other ARK members to voluntarily commit to protecting Antarctica and its extraordinary wildlife,” said Chris Johnson, Senior Manager of WWF’s Antarctic Programme.

The voluntary krill fishery closure comes as a direct result of a Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally; it was announced at the ‘Antarctic 360°’ Greenpeace event in Cambridge (UK). “The momentum for protection of the Antarctic’s waters and wildlife is snowballing. A huge movement of people globally has been joined by scientists, governments, celebrities and now even the companies fishing in the Antarctic. This is a bold and progressive move from these krill fishing companies, and we hope to see the remainder of the krill industry follow suit,” said Frida Bengtsson, Greenpeace Nordic Protect the Antarctic campaign.

Andrea Kavanagh, Director of Antarctic and Southern Ocean conservation, Pew Charitable Trusts, commented: “The Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies’ support for the creation of a network of marine protected areas (MPAs), including large no-fishing zones, is a truly visionary step that more commercial fishing interests in Antarctica and around the world should follow. Cooperation among scientists, governments, industry, and conservation groups is the surest bet to protecting the 30 percent of the ocean that scientists tell us is needed to maintain global ocean health. We expect to see the Weddell Sea and waters off East Antarctica declared marine parks in October. Governments should follow industry’s lead and support MPAs.”

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GREENPEACE campaign yields success: Voluntary krill no-fishing zones good for Antarctica, “next step must be more protected areas” – WWF

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WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

Continue reading WWF urges MSC to adopt key reforms: “WWF does expect to see strong, more specific and more immediate commitments” – John Tanzer

FRIENDS of the Sound of Jura (FoSoJ)’s concerns lead to rejection of Scottish sea trout farm plans; Rare marine species found on sea bed

Continue reading FRIENDS of the Sound of Jura (FoSoJ)’s concerns lead to rejection of Scottish sea trout farm plans; Rare marine species found on sea bed

“AUSTRALIANS were deceived by some environmentalists who conjured a conspiracy theory that foreign fishing vessels were about to arrive en masse”… – AFMA CEO

Continue reading “AUSTRALIANS were deceived by some environmentalists who conjured a conspiracy theory that foreign fishing vessels were about to arrive en masse”… – AFMA CEO

OUR Ocean kicks off in Malta: “The sea is a global common. It is Our Ocean because it belongs to humanity, to each and every human being” – Mogherini

Continue reading OUR Ocean kicks off in Malta: “The sea is a global common. It is Our Ocean because it belongs to humanity, to each and every human being” – Mogherini

CANADA announces two new marine refuges; Goal to protect 5% of its marine & coastal areas in 2017 & 10% by 2020

Continue reading CANADA announces two new marine refuges; Goal to protect 5% of its marine & coastal areas in 2017 & 10% by 2020

CLEANERFISH criticisms: 50,000+ wild wrasse captured in Devon in 2015 for Scottish salmon industry & millions in Norway… DWT calls for immediate live capture ban

Continue reading CLEANERFISH criticisms: 50,000+ wild wrasse captured in Devon in 2015 for Scottish salmon industry & millions in Norway… DWT calls for immediate live capture ban

“HIGHLY protected” Marine reserves can help mitigate climate change – International science team

 

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PACKARD Foundation & California Environmental Associates release Guide re. Ocean “to Help Funders, Advocates & Governments” make better/faster decisions

Continue reading PACKARD Foundation & California Environmental Associates release Guide re. Ocean “to Help Funders, Advocates & Governments” make better/faster decisions

CANADIAN Gov’t identifies large ocean area off British Columbia coast (west of Vancouver Island) for protection; “Holistic approach to marine conservation”

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SCOTLAND: Arran islanders “cannot understand” why a Scottish Government that just approved MPA now intends to approve SSC salmon farm expansion

Continue reading SCOTLAND: Arran islanders “cannot understand” why a Scottish Government that just approved MPA now intends to approve SSC salmon farm expansion

LICENCE to krill? “The time for action to safeguard the Antarctic’s waters, the engine room of the ocean, is now”; “Russia is the key”

Continue reading LICENCE to krill? “The time for action to safeguard the Antarctic’s waters, the engine room of the ocean, is now”; “Russia is the key”

INTERACTIONS between MPAs & Fisheries – Europêche event in EU Parliament; “Stakeholders will identify where MPAs have had a negative impact”

Continue reading INTERACTIONS between MPAs & Fisheries – Europêche event in EU Parliament; “Stakeholders will identify where MPAs have had a negative impact”

SCOTLAND: Planning application submitted for Marine Harvest’s salmon feed plant; “…feedback from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive”

Continue reading SCOTLAND: Planning application submitted for Marine Harvest’s salmon feed plant; “…feedback from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive”

EUROPEAN fishing industry “outraged over unfounded recommendation to close 30% marine areas globally to fishing”

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OBAMA creates first U.S. Marine National Monument in Atlantic Ocean; N.E. temperatures projected to warm ~3 times faster than global average

Continue reading OBAMA creates first U.S. Marine National Monument in Atlantic Ocean; N.E. temperatures projected to warm ~3 times faster than global average

“A BETTER future for the EU deep sea”: Trawls below 800m will be banned completely in EU waters (& <400m in VMEs)

Continue reading “A BETTER future for the EU deep sea”: Trawls below 800m will be banned completely in EU waters (& <400m in VMEs)