The global community has an exciting opportunity right now to protect some of our planet's healthiest marine ecosystems that support a huge variety of life: by establishing a network of marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. This week the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is meeting to decide the fate of this area, and public support will make a difference!
From October 17th to October 28th, world governments have the opportunity to designate three proposed marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, at the CCAMLR meeting in Hobart, Australia. Together, these proposed protected areas amount to more than five million square kilometers of Antarctic waters. If designated, these MPAs will protect an abundance of marine life from the Adelie penguin to the Weddell seal, both of which can only be found in Antarctic waters.
With a deal to create new marine reserves in Antarctica so close in reach, now is the time to show your support to protect the Southern Ocean. Add your voice by sending a postcard to CCAMLR delegates, through Antarctic Ocean Alliance. The Southern Ocean is owned by no one, but belongs to everyone on earth. It is our responsibility to protect it!
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