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CCAMLR 2012 Closes with No Agreement on a Proposal to Protect the Southern Ocean

By Mera McGrew
Over the past two weeks, government leaders had an opportunity to take some of the most significant action in ocean conservation history as they met for the 31st annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). With a target date of 2012 set by CCAMLR member states to establish a network of Antarctic marine protected areas (MPAs), the world has been following the meeting expecting that one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries could be established. However, to the disappointment of many across the globe, CCAMLR 2012 came to a close today without an agreement on any marine reserves or MPAs that would ensure long-term protection and health of the Southern Ocean.…

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