The Last Ocean

June 1st, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Michael Field at Stuff reports:

New Zealand’s diplomatic bid to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in the is floundering in its Antarctic waters after China and Japan stridently opposed it.

Japan made it clear they don’t even want discussion on the 4.9 million square kilometre marine protected area (MPA) which is backed by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Ross Sea or “Last Ocean” plan went before last year’s Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) but failed for lack of a consensus and decision making was moved to a meeting to be held in Bremerhaven, Germany, from July 11 to 16.

That is a pity. Just as itself has international agreements to preserve it for scientific research, the Ross Sea should have the same status.

But the nature of international agreements is you can’t force countries to agree.

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5 Responses to “The Last Ocean”

  1. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    Making an entire continent with untold mineral wealth buried underneath it into a “reserve” may just be the most ridiculous idea ever concocted by the international community. What on earth is the point?

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  2. OneTrack (3,233 comments) says:

    So you can feel all warm and fuzzy :-)

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  3. Johnboy (17,007 comments) says:

    Confucius say…..Ah little grasshopper. Much fishy and sushi required to keep 1.3billion little Asian bellies under close control! :)

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  4. Komata (1,202 comments) says:

    But, but, isn’t the Ross Sea now part of ‘maori ‘ territory and because of that subject to a claim under te tiriti? Didn’t a motorised waka thoughtfully hijacked by some activist make a visit just recently to exercise sovereignty?

    Do the CCAMLR people know about such important events 0r (gasp!) do they even care….?

    Presumably protests are imminent outside the Chinese and Japanese embassies (led by the usual suspects, of course).

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  5. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    They will have problems mining the Antarctic with the massive increase in ice. They need to get that oil out fast.

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