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Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:24 PM

China and Russia block both the East Antarctic scheme and a US New Zealand bid for a protected zone in the Ross Sea during the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources talks

FAIL. Marine reserves proposed for Antarctica failed to win approval at international talks in Australia Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years: study

May 12, 2014 - 2:56 PM

According to the study s lead researcher Nerilie Abram The Southern Ocean winds are now stronger than at any time in the past 1 000 years

SOUTHERN OCEAN WINDS. Photo by Russavia from Wikimedia Commons.

Antarctic Treaty signatories make protection progress

May 08, 2014 - 11:10 AM

Waters off Antarctica are largely protected but as fishing advances into the area many species and ecosystems face previously unknown threats

ANTARCTIC TREATY. The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) is the primary forum in which the representatives of Parties to the Antarctic Treaty exchange information, formulate measures, and make decisions and resolutions in order to promote the principles and objectives of the Treaty. Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:32 AM

Tokyo said it would honor the ruling shortly after it was handed down by the International Court of Justice but did not rule out the possibility of future whaling programs

NO MORE. The UN's top court on March 31, 2014 ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. File photo by Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd./Glenn Lockitch/AFP

Anti-whalers claim 'aggressive' ramming by Japanese

Feb 02, 2014 - 1:47 PM

High seas confrontations are common between Sea Shepherd and the Japanese who hunt whales in Antarctica under a scientific research loophole in the moratorium on whaling

SLAUGHTER IN THE HIGH SEAS. This handout photo taken on January 5, 2014 and received from Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd on January 6 shows three minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary, according to anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd. AFP / Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd / Tim Watters

World's biggest creature tracked by its song

Mar 27, 2013 - 2:36 PM

A group of intrepid researchers were able to locate and tag some of the mammals after picking up on their deep and complex vocals

Photo courtesy of the Antarctic Blue Whale Voyage/Australian Marine Mammal Centre/Mike Johnson