Hobart, Australia, 8 October 2014
Hobart’s annual gathering of international Antarctic scientists and policy makers is underway. National flags flying outside the offices of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Macquarie Street mark the arrival of 25 delegations from around the world.
Over 200 marine scientists, natural resource managers, marine policy makers and diplomats will make crucial decisions about the conservation and management of the living resources of the Southern Ocean, which represents about 10% of the Earth's surface.
Already in session, the Working Group on Fish Stock Assessment (WG-FSA), one of CCAMLR’s specialist science groups, reviews the status of fish populations in the Southern Ocean and provides recommendations to the meeting of the Scientific Committee in the third week. The Scientific Committee takes the advice from all of its specialist groups and makes recommendations to the Commission, CCAMLR’s decision-making body.
The Scientific Committee and Commission meetings both start on Monday 20 October with Scientific Committee concluding on Friday 24 October and the Commission continuing until Friday 31 October.
The thirty-third meeting of the Commission will commence following an opening address by His Excellency The Honourable Chief Justice Alan Blow OAM, Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania.
Media representatives are invited to attend the opening of the Commission on 20 October at 9 am, to be held at CCAMLR headquarters, 181 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Australia. Media will then be excused until a media briefing at 10 am.
RSVP prior to 20 October so that security passes can be ready upon arrival.
Media contact and RSVP:
Warrick Glynn, CCAMLR Secretariat
Email: warrick [dot] glynn [at] ccamlr [dot] org
Phone: +61 3 6210 1168
Mobile: +61 (0) 423 846 513