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Protecting Polar Ocean Spaces

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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.



  • Michael Sfraga

    Director, Global Risk and Resilience Program and Director, Polar Institute


  • Ambassador David Balton

    Senior Fellow
    Ambassador for Oceans and Fisheries, U.S. Department of State, retired
  • Evan Bloom

    Director, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Head of U.S. Delegation, Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)