ASOC Closing CCAMLR-42 2023 PR

Small steps made, but Antarctic conservation body falls short on action to tackle giant problems HOBART, Australia, 27TH November 2023. Following two weeks of intense discussions in Hobart, Australia, the international body responsible for safeguarding Antarctica’s marine life (the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources- CCAMLR), finished its annual meeting with just modest progress on promoting a regional …

International meeting on Antarctic ocean protection ends with no further progress

Special MPA Meeting  – ASOC Closing Press Release Two countries thwart the will of the remaining twenty-five to create a system of marine protected areas Santiago Chile, June 23 2023: Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) were unable to reach consensus on the designation of marine protected areas (MPAs) at a special meeting …

Spirit of international cooperation put to the test at Antarctic meeting

Helsinki, 8 June 2023: An international Antarctic meeting in Helsinki ended this week with environmental organizations expressing frustration that the outcomes do not reflect the magnitude of the climate and biodiversity crises currently facing the region. The 45th Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting (ATCM) addressed climate issues and the protection of key species, but saw little progress towards a robust adoption …

Chilean Bárbara Hernández achieves record for longest Antarctic swim with urgent call to increase protection of its waters

Antarctica, 6th February 2023: Yesterday the Chilean ice-water swimmer, Bárbara Hernández, made history by being the first person to swim 2.5 kilometers in the frozen waters of Antarctica. Hernández, an experienced open water swimmer with previous world records including the Guinness World Record for completing the fastest ocean mile swim through the Drake Passage in southern Chile, is currently onboard a Chilean …