December 1st: Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean

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For the week of 14 November 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on an Update on Efforts to Establish MPAs in the Southern Ocean, presented by Mi Ae Kim of NOAA.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has been working to establish marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, which would contribute to its objective – the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. Two proposals have been under consideration since 2012, MPAs in the Ross Sea Region and East Antarctica. An overview and the latest updates on CCAMLR’s MPA efforts will be provided during the webinar.

For more information and to register, please visit

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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