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Antarctic: Marine Protected Areas

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 182867, tabled on 23 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made on the establishment of a marine protected area in the Weddell Sea.

Answered on

29 October 2018

The UK is supportive of proposals for Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Weddell Sea and East Antarctica, both of which are being presented at the meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) currently taking place and due to conclude on the 2 November 2018. UK scientists and experts have been closely involved in the development of the Weddell Sea proposals. Foreign Office officials have also been lobbying other members of CCAMLR in favour of the proposals.