The Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, will today open the 40th annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia.
The Governor will welcome marine scientists, resource managers and policy makers representing 26 international delegations, who will review current practice and consider new measures to conserve and manage marine ecosystems in the Southern Ocean. Management of fisheries for krill, toothfish, and mackerel icefish will be discussed, as well as spatial management and climate change.
Representatives from other Contracting Parties as well as intergovernmental, environmental and industry organisations will also participate in the meetings as official observers, adding their voices to the issues under discussion.
CCAMLR is a consensus-based organisation consisting of 26 Members (25 countries and the European Union). The Commission meeting will be chaired by Dr Jakob Granit (Sweden).
The Commission meeting considers advice based on best available science from its Scientific Committee which has supported the meetings of several expert specialist groups throughout the year. The Scientific Committee met virtually from 11 – 15 October, chaired by Dr Dirk Welsford (Australia). The Commission is also advised by its Standing Committee on Administration and Finance and Standing Committee on Implementation and Compliance, which also meet during these weeks.
The Schedule for the Fortieth Meetings of the Commission is available on the CCAMLR website.
Please note: there will be no media conference at the close of the meeting. However, a release will be published on the CCAMLR website and sent to the CCAMLR media mailing list.
What is CCAMLR?
- The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
- Established by an international treaty in 1982
- Its objective is the conservation of Antarctic marine life while providing for rational use
- 26 Members and a further 10 countries have signed the Convention
- CCAMLR is a key international instrument part of the Antarctic Treaty System that as a whole for 60 years has ensured peace, freedom of science and protection of the environment in the Antarctic region. The system consists of the Antarctic Treaty and its Environmental Protocol, the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels and the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Seals in addition to CCAMLR.
- The CCAMLR Secretariat (international Headquarters) is at 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Australia
- Further information is available on the CCAMLR Website or through our blog looking through the achievements of CCAMLR over the past 40 years.
Phone: +61 3 6210 1168 (direct) or ext. 1111 (reception)
Email: media [at] ccamlr [dot] org