This paper updates the research and monitoring activities for New Zealand relevant to the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area, as encouraged by Conservation Measure 91-05 paragraph 16(i)–(ii).
In 2016 the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources adopted Conservation Measure 91-05, establishing the Ross Sea region Marine Protected Area. Annex B of this Conservation Measure specifies the specific objectives and the Management Plan for this Marine Protected Area. In addition, Annex C specifies the Priority elements for Scientific Research and Monitoring, including research and monitoring priorities and research and monitoring questions that should be addressed. We also recall the objectives of the RSRMPA and the research questions for research and monitoring for the RSRMPA.