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Podcast: Speedo Diplomacy in the Ross Sea; successfully advocating for a Marine Protected Area

Lewis Pugh, Antarctica

In this podcast interview, we speak to Lewis Pugh, one of the heroes of the successful campaign that led to the establishment of a Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. It becomes effective from 1 December, 2017.

Fisheries in the Southern Ocean are governed by an international body within the Antarctic Treaty System, the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (or CCAMLR).  

In 2002, scientists began to lobby CCAMLR for protected status for the Ross Sea. After many years of lobbying, in 2016 all member states of CCAMLR voted to create an MPA, or Marine Protected Area, for the Ross Sea.

Click here to listen to the podcast interview of Lewis Pugh. 

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