Membership of the Commission is attained following ratification or accession to the CAMLR Convention.
In addition, the Convention provides for the Commission and the Scientific Committee to develop cooperative working relationships with intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations including entering into formal agreements with them.
A CCAMLR Member is a State that:
- participated in the Conference on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (18.11 KB) that resulted in the CAMLR Convention, and
- has legally committed to the Convention through ratification, signature or approval.
Article XXIX of the CAMLR Convention provides, under certain conditions, for the accession to the Convention by regional economic integration organisations. The European Union is a Member of CCAMLR.
Each Member contributes to the Commission and Scientific Committee's work, including participation in annual meetings, held in Hobart, Australia.
Only Members contribute to CCAMLR's annual budget and participate in decisions.
Currently, CCAMLR has 26 Members.
Accession occurs when a State formally advises of its agreement to be legally bound by the terms of the Convention. It has the same legal effect as ratification, but is not preceded by an act of signature.
States interested in research and/or harvesting activities in the Convention Area may accede to the CAMLR Convention.
The Commission includes 10 Acceding States.