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Help create Antarctic marine parks

If passed, these three Antarctic marine park proposals will be the largest act of ocean protection in history.

In the coming month, the Antarctic Treaty nations will decide whether or not they’ll support the creation of three new marine parks in the Southern Ocean – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea, and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

This is a massive opportunity to protect and preserve our precious Antarctic marine life.

Industrial-scale fishing in the Southern Ocean is expanding and as fisheries elsewhere decline the pressure to exploit its resources, whether legally or illegally, is growing.

Simultaneously, the consequences of climate change are already having a real and immediate impact on the health of our oceans. To give Antarctic marine life the best chance to adapt, we need to reduce as many stressors as possible.

This is why we urgently need these new marine parks.

Our country’s leadership will be essential to drive the diplomatic push at the highest levels to approve this protection, we need Australia to do all it can to ensure these marine parks are approved. 

By flooding Environment Minister Sussan Ley’s inbox with thousands of letters of support, we can keep the Australian Government steadfast on Antarctic protection.

Send a letter today and help create Antarctic marine parks.

Image: John Weller

Read the letter text

Australia has a proud legacy in Antarctica’s history: from its role in the ground-breaking 1959 Antarctic Treaty, to the mighty diplomatic feat by Australia and France that led to the ban on mining in the Antarctic 30 years ago.

This year, during the 40th annual Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting, Australia has an incredible opportunity to demonstrate its global leadership and help determine the future of the Antarctic once again. 

In October, the CCAMLR nations will decide whether they support the creation of three marine parks in the Southern Ocean – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

We commend you on your strong leadership on this issue and the considerable work of your Department to secure these marine parks. Our country’s leadership will be essential to continue to drive the diplomatic push for Antarctic conservation at the highest levels in the lead up to the meeting.

I urge you to continue to stay strong in your support and do all that you can in the lead up and during the CCAMLR meeting to get these marine parks over the line.  

These three marine parks are urgently needed to protect our vulnerable marine life from industrial fishing and to help keep this incredible ecosystem fighting fit in the face of climate change. 

Australia changed the fate of the Antarctic once before – from potential mega mine to a ‘natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.’ Now, with your leadership, we must get this crucial protection in place.

Yours sincerely,

In the coming month, the Antarctic Treaty nations will decide whether or not they’ll support the creation of three new marine parks in the Southern Ocean – the East Antarctic, Weddell Sea, and the Antarctic Peninsula marine parks.

This is a massive opportunity to protect and preserve our precious Antarctic marine life, but we need your help!

Send a letter today and help create Antarctic marine parks.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our offices stand and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

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