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Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 158804, tabled on 28 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his counterparts on the Antarctic Commission on the establishment of a marine protected area in the Weddell Sea.

Answered on

6 July 2018

The Weddell Sea Marine Protected Area proposal is currently being finalised by those European Union Member States who are also Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), and international consultations are underway at official and technical levels. The final proposal will be submitted to CCAMLR in September, when the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs will seek support from his counterparts in other CCAMLR States, in support of other anticipated high level lobbying by the EU and other Member States.