When you spend so much quality time both above and below the ice with charismatic and vulnerable species like emperor penguins, you get emotional when they are given protection. Several years ago, more than 650,000 square miles of the Ross Sea around Antarctica (an area the size of Spain and France combined) was protected under The Commission of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (#CCAMLR), an organization that works to conserve and protect wildlife that inhabits the Southern Ocean. This year’s CCAMLR annual meeting has already started, and members from 24 nations and the European Union have the opportunity to move forward three proposed Marine Protected Areas: Eastern Antarctica, the Weddell Sea, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Marine protected areas remain one of the most crucial tools for sustaining ecosystem health and curbing #climatechange. I'm looking forward to hearing positive news come from these meetings. #TurningTheTide with @CristinaMittermeier, @Ladzinski, @Andy_Mann, @ShaneMooreFilms, @CraigWelch, @PattersonImages, @rodolfowerner@antarcticsouthernocean@sealegacy
It is really disappointing to see #CCAMLR2018 negotiations fail to conserve the #Antarctic southern ocean once again despite three strong MPA proposals desperately needing progress. We are running out of time and I feel more motivated than ever to use visual story-telling to drive the conservation of the most fragile and beautiful places on this planet. There’s too much at stake to let up now. Please stick with me and @sealegacy as we take the next year to push #CCAMLR to do better and be a successful model for ocean management.