The Establishment of the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area (MPA)


After years of public campaigning and political negotiation, including heads of states meetings, the Ross Sea Region marine protected area (MPA) was designated by the Commission for the Conservat of Antarctic Marine Living Resources(CCAMLR). The Ross Sea region MPA covers 1.55 million square kilometres, of which 1.12 million square kilometres, or 72%, is fully protected (no fishing is permitted). It is the world’s largest Marine Protected Area. The Designation of Ross Sea MPA demonstrates the leadership of CCAMLR in marine conservation. GHUB is the only Chinese NGO that witnessed that historical moment.