World Oceans Day

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Celebrate World Oceans Day: defend the ocean around Antarctica
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World Ocean Day 

  • About 70% of our earth’s surface is ocean. Of the waters that exist outside of national jurisdiction, less than 1% is fully protected from extractive and destructive uses, including fishing. Antarctica’s marine life is now under increasing pressure from commercial fishing and the effects of climate change
  • Climate change is already having an impact on the Antarctic environment, particularly in the Antarctic Peninsula region, one of the fastest warming areas on earth.
  • Establishing ocean sanctuaries in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica would protect two of the most intact ocean ecosystems on the planet - ocean equivalents of Africa’s great plains because of the richness of their marine life and the high numbers of top predators, ranging from penguins to the mysterious colossal squid.

World Oceans Day is June 8 - Our oceans exist within a delicate ecological balance and they need to be protected. Right now there is an opportunity to help create the two largest ocean sanctuaries to date in the waters around Antarctica and so protect some of the most pristine and beautiful places on the planet. Adding your voice will help protect countless penguins, whales, seals and nearly 10,000 other incredible species thriving within the waters and on the great frozen expanse of Antarctica. Help ensure Antarctic Ocean habitats and wildlife are protected from human interference including fishing. Raise your voice and sign the petition today.

 

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The Petition Text:

Protecting Antarctica's Marine Environment

Dear CCAMLR Chair, Delegates and Secretariat,

I know that the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has agreed to create a network of marine protected areas in the ocean around Antarctica. As a global citizen concerned about our environment I very much care about the decisions you are about to make.

As this area represents 10% of the world's seas and is the most untouched ocean environment left on earth, I have joined the Antarctic Ocean Alliance "Watch" to track CCAMLR's developments on this throughout the year.

I call on CCAMLR to establish a large-scale network of marine protected areas and no-take marine reserves to protect Antarctic's key ocean habitats while we still can. With growing threats from overfishing and climate change, I urge you to be as bold as those who, in 1991, protected Antarctica from minerals development. Please take action now to give her oceans the additional protection they need from the threats they now face.

As CCAMLR is a body that meets with limited public participation and no media access, I feel it's important to speak out for these unique global commons areas and to call for the widest possible protection for Antarctica's oceans. I'll be watching, taking action and asking my networks to do the same.

Please do the right thing and protect Antarctica's oceans for future generations.

 

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Our oceans exist within a delicate ecological balance and they need to be protected. Right now there is an opportunity to help create the two largest ocean sanctuaries to date in the waters around Antarctica and so protect some of the most pristine and beautiful places on the planet.

Raise your voice for ocean sanctuaries!

Until now