Protecting Polar Ocean Spaces
Two recent international agreements have demonstrated the ability of nations to protect the Polar Regions. Please join us for a discussion of these two important milestones in polar ocean governance.
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Two landmark events occurred in the closing months of 2017 that demonstrate the ability of nations to protect the Polar Regions. In December, nine nations and the European Union successfully concluded negotiations on an agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean (CAO). In the same month, 24 nations and the European Union welcomed the entry into force of the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Antarctica. The MPA, which will remain in place for at least 35 years, encompasses 1.8 million square miles, and is the largest marine protected area in the world.
Please join us for a description and discussion of these two important milestones in polar ocean governance.
Ambassador David Balton
Evan T. Bloom
Former Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries and Director for Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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