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“Join the Watch” to save the Ross Sea

Wellington, New Zealand

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance has launched it’s first report, “Antarctic Ocean Legacy: A Marine Reserve for the Ross Sea,” today in Wellington, New Zealand.  The report calls for a 3.6 million square kilometer fully protected marine reserve in what the Alliance’s Chuck Fox calls  “One of the most amazing and relatively untouched marine environments on earth.”

The Alliance is made up of supporters such as actor and UN Biodiversity Ambassador Edward Norton, Dr. Sylvia Earle, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and some 16 global environmental organizations.

“The fate of the Antarctic’s Ross Sea is likely to be decided by 24 countries and the EU this year and the global public knows nothing about it,” said Alliance Campaign Director Steve Campbell.…

Posted in Antarctic Ocean Alliance, Antarctica, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Ed Norton, Ross Sea, Sir Richard Branson |

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Implications of Environmental Change to Antarctic Marine Ecosystems

By Dr. Phil McGillivary and Gavin Morris reporting from the 25th International Conference on Conservation Biology in Auckland, NZEdited by Deb Castellana

The University of Auckland, New Zealand hosted a series of Marine Think Tanks, in the days before the 25th International Congress of Conservation Biology. One of them, Implications of Environmental Change to Antarctic Marine Ecosystems, dealt mainly with the Ross Sea, Antarctica, which is one of Sylvia Earle’s Hope Spots.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Ed Butler as he rushed off to the airport. Ed is the Manager for Antarctic Science with Antarctica New Zealand (ANZ). He, along with Vonda Cummings of NIWA, facilitated the 3-day think tank on the possible impacts of global climate change on Antarctic marine ecosystems.…

Posted in 25th International Conference on Conservation Biology, Antarctica, Dr. Phil McGillivary, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Gavin Morris, hope spots, Ross Sea |


25th International Congress for Conservation Biology

For the next two weeks, Dr. Phil McGillivary and Gavin Morris will be reporting from Auckland, New Zealand on marine conservation activities.  They will address some of Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Hope Spots during and after the International Congress for Conservation Biology.  The Congress is comprised of a series of workshops, symposia, presentations and field trips beginning with the Marine Conservation Think Tank sessions. These will be held the weekend before the main sessions of the Congress at the University of Auckland. 
November 30, 2011: The Day That Didn’t Exist. Welcome to Auckland for the 25th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) 
Anyone who has ever flown to the West Pacific from the United States was probably left feeling the way we did. …

Posted in Dr. Phil McGillivary, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Gavin Morris, hope spots, International Congress for Conservation Biology, Ross Sea |


Peter Young on The Last Ocean – The Ross Sea

Peter Young is one of New Zealand’s leading documentary filmmakers and has worked for most of the major players in the documentary field, including National Geographic, Discovery, BBC and Television New Zealand. He has credits in over a hundred documentaries filmed in New Zealand and around the world and has won many awards for both his camera and producing work. He is currently working on a Last Ocean feature documentary.
Peter is also responsible for founding The Last Ocean Charitable Trust in New Zealand, a public and political campaign calling for the entire Ross Sea region to be designated a Marine Protected Area.
The international body managing the Ross Sea fishery (CCAMLR, the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources) will meet in 2012 to decide to what extent the waters around Antarctica will be protected.…

Posted in Antarctica, Peter Young, Ross Sea |


Ross Sea, Antarctic Hope Spot

Map of Antarctica

Most people will probably never travel across the Southern Ocean either by ship or plane to the massive southern continent of Antarctica that anchors the South Pole. The Antarctica continent, drifted with tectonic plates into its current position between 30 to 60 million years ago (Ivany, et al., 2008). Once the continent was in place the cold Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) encircled it, and the land cooled and ice accumulated eventually covering most of the land to a depth of several thousand feet. As the continent cooled, so did the surrounding Southern Ocean, to a temperature several degrees colder than any other. The chill waters of the ACC separate the Southern Ocean from the slightly warmer waters to the north.…

Posted in Antarctica, ocean acidification, Richard Aronson, Ross Sea, Southern Ocean, sub-Antarctic king crab, sylvia earle, Sylvia Earle Alliance |


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