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WWF: International Inaction Stalls Protection of Antarctic Waters

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Vice President for Marine Conservation, Michele Kuruc on today’s news that the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has rejected protecting the unique marine ecosystem around East Antarctica and the Ross Sea:

“The Commission’s inaction has stopped progress in its tracks, risking the future of the whales, penguins, fish and seals that call East Antarctica and the Ross Sea home. By rejecting protection efforts, the Russian delegation has scuttled the best opportunity to preserve this ecologically valuable ecosystem for future generations.

“We urge CCAMLR to build upon more than 50 years of concerted international action by countries to afford Antarctica’s unique resource the highest protection possible and continue to pursue the establishment of these critical protected areas at its next meeting in October.”