What is CCAMLR?
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
The role of CCAMLR?
International relations with respect to Antarctica needs to be regulated and this is done means of the Antarctic Treaty and related agreements (referred to as the Antarctic Treaty System). The Convention on the CCAMLR was signed in 1982 and forms a key part of the management of the Antarctic marine ecosystem and fishing industries operating south* of the Antarctic Convergence. Watch this video for more information about CCAMLR.
* rough boundary where warmer waters from the north meet the colder Antarctic waters below 60° South (www.ats.aq)
Where does South Africa fit in?
South Africa is not just one of the first signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, but also one of the nations very much concerned about the conservation of Antarctic resources.
South Africa is part of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and as a member of the commission South African representatives attend these meetings, contributing to the discussion and implementation of policies. The 37th meeting of the Commission is currently underway and attended by about 300 delegates including South Africa’s Dr Monde Mayekiso (meeting convener), Dr A Makado and Mr L Fikizolo (Department of Environmental Affairs).
37th annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR):
22 October – 02 November 2018 | Hobart, Tasmania. Click here for more information.
Anché Louw, Antarctic Legacy of South Africa, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, 24 October 2018