Posted by: Bob Payne | October 14, 2011

New Zealand to veto total protection of Ross Sea

New Zealand is set to veto any attempt to completely protect the world’s last unexploited ocean – so a lucrative fishing industry can continue operating. An official New Zealand document leaked to Fairfax reveals Wellington, backed by the US, does not want the whole 650,000 km2 Ross Sea declared a marine protected area (MPA), despite a 25-nation convention saying it is “of high global importance”. Maps in the document written by the Ministry of Fisheries show a large area of the Ross Sea is excluded from a marine park. It means the fishing industry can keep taking toothfish, discovered by New Zealand in 1996, worth $18 million a year. The world’s southern-most fishery is 800km north east of Scott Base.



  1. Implications needs to be assessed quickly and efforts to awaken the conscious of the people made in a balanced manner for sustainable resource use.

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