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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.