U.S. Antarctic Icebreaker to visit New Zealand for the first time in decades

The United States has sought, and been granted, New Zealand’s permission for a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, to make a port call at Lyttelton on its way home from Antarctica sometime later this month.

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World's largest marine protected area declared in Antarctica

The Ross Sea region is one of the most pristine environments in the world. After five years of failed negotiations, conservationists worldwide have now reason to celebrate. During the Antarctica conservation meeting in Hobart in the end of October delegates from 24 countries and the European Union have finally agreed that the Ross Sea in Antarctica, will become the world's largest marine protected area. The new protected area will cover 1.55 million square kilometres.

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Antarctic Treaty parties ban mining from Antarctica

On their annual meeting in Santiago de Chile, the 29 countries of the Antarctic Treaty unanimously decided to keep the ban on mining activities in the Antarctic. The resolution was initiated by the USA to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

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British Royal Navy's visit to Hobart cements long tradition of Antarctic cooperation

The British naval ship HMS Protector visited Hobart, Tasmania in the beginning of December, to work together with Australia and New Zealand to better protect Antarctica’s unique environment.

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Russian leadership in CCAMLR can help Southern Ocean Conservation

As the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) today celebrates the 35th anniversary of the Convention, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance is calling on Russia to take the lead on conservation of Antarctic waters.

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International experts met in Hobart to discuss solutions for future operations in Antarctica as sea-ice conditions change

A group of 58 experts met in Hobart mid-May to discuss strategies for future operations in Antarctic waters as sea-ice cover increases and strengthens in parts of Antarctica.

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New Report Calls for Protection of the Weddell Sea Region

As part of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance’s (AOA) proposal to designate marine protected areas (MPA) and marine reserves across 19 regions around Antarctica, the AOA today launched its new report titled Antarctic Ocean Legacy: Towards Protection of the Weddell Sea Region. The findings of the report aim to contribute towards ongoing scientific and policy work – currently led by Germany and Russia – on the region, which is located south of the Atlantic Ocean. The Weddell Sea region is renowned for having one of the most intact ecosystems left on earth and for being a major engine of global ocean circulation.

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