Russia Blocks Bid To Establish Massive Antarctic Marine Reserves

img3Marine Protected Areas (MPA), to be implemented in CCAMLR fishing regions, are set for a significant debate.

In the week of July 15 2013, a meeting was held in Bremerhaven, Germany targeting the creation of a vast area of protected waters around Antarctic fishing region.

The Russian Federation — supported by Ukraine — stood up against this.  At a special intercessional meeting, the commission was poised to implement arguably the single-greatest accomplishment in high-seas international ocean conservation — the establishment of massive marine reserves in the waters of the Southern Ocean off the coast of Antarctica — when Russian used its veto power to block the implementation.

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