Letter from the editor about political time scales
MEAM and MPA News
Ways to help sustain long-term work to address ocean problems
Influence of recent events on ocean conservation and management
Building ocean policy immortality
Recent comments from MEAM readers
Latest news and resources for ocean planners
Risks and responsibilities when scientists are advocates
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The world will soon have a new largest protected area, marine or terrestrial. In October, member states of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed by consensus to designate a 1.55 million-km2 MPA in the remote and relatively pristine Ross Sea. The purpose is to protect benthic biodiversity, populations of commercially valuable toothfish, and critical habitat for penguins, seals, and other predators.
By Rodolfo Werner, Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
This October, something extraordinary took place in the Southern Hemisphere. After years of negotiations at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), 24 countries and the European Union finally agreed to designate the world’s largest MPA in the Ross Sea. This marks the first time that world leaders have agreed — and by consensus — to protect a large area of the high seas from commercial fishing.