Category Archives: Arctic / Antarctic

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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BIODIVERSITY: ‘Corporate control & global governance of marine genetic resources’ paper; “~half of Earth’s surface is left with no regulations”

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REMOTE sensing & new real-time dataset: The global footprint of fisheries “so big it can be seen from space. Really” – Study

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SEAFOOD Watch launches Seafood Slavery Risk Tool with SFP & Liberty Asia; Aims to help businesses identify human rights abuses

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SALT: New Alliance aims to “tackle illegal fishing by improving seafood supply chains”; U.S. AID & Foundations-funded

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OCEANA report exposes thousands of suspected vessel Rendezvous at sea; Transshipping hotspots, countries & ports of interest highlighted

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“MANY scientists now question whether the 1.5- 2°C target agreed in Paris during December 2015 can be achieved without use of some geoengineering technologies” – Symposium

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‘MAJOR victory for protection of Southern Ocean’: momentous CCAMLR members agreement to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea

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PROPOSAL for IWC to kick-start global efforts to reduce fisheries bycatch; ‘Kills at least 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises‘ p.a. – WWF

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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”

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“FISHERIES science is complex and evolving… where the bar for sustainability is set is often hotly debated” – Rupert Howes

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KRILL oil fight & “lasting patent peace”… Neptune & Aker BioMarine reach important patent agreement, recognizing patents’ strength & ending all litigation

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PROGRESS towards legally-binding instrument under UNCLOS for conservation & sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction

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ANTARCTIC Treaty nations reaffirm their commitment to protecting Antarctica’s environment in Chile at ATCM39 – Santiago Declaration

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INTERNATIONALLY pursued Patagonian toothfish poachers arrested in Spain; Joint Guardia Civil, Interpol & Europol operation

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BARENTS Sea cod buyers risk of being held responsible of ‘Arctic destruction’? “This is a peculiar statement from Greenpeace” says SeaFish

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IUU Fishing: Internationally wanted toothfish poaching vessel, Kunlun, detained in Senegal after being chased out of Antarctica by Sea Shepherd

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SCRIPPS study finds toxic pollutants (POPs) in fish across world’s oceans; “POPs can be anywhere and in any species of marine fish”

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