Antarctic Wildlife Conservation

Antarctic Wildlife Conservation

512px-Gentoo_penguins_in_Antarctica_Antarctic_PeninsulaGentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) mother feeding her chick in Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula. Photographed by PaoMicAntarctica’s wildlife – from tiny krill over waddling penguins to magnificent whales – captivate people all over the world. Despite Antarctica’s remoteness, these species are not necessarily protected from the problems typically faced by wildlife elsewhere – habitat change, decline in the availability of food, and overhunting and overfishing by humans. As the NGO observer to the Antarctic Treaty System, and as an observer to several other governmental bodies, ASOC presents a strong voice for protecting and preserving Antarctic species.

ASOC also conducts campaigns and projects to accomplish specific conservation objectives. Currently, our major areas of focus are:

  • Protecting krill, the base of the Antarctic ecosystem and the primary food for many species of penguins, whales and seals.

  • Creating a network of marine reserves or marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean, including the Ross Sea, that will set aside areas representative of most major Antarctic marine habitats.

  • Ensuring a precautionary approach to the management of Southern Ocean fisheries.

  • Preserving the integrity of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

  • Conserving albatross and petrel species that are threatened by illegal and legal longline fishing.

We encourage you to learn more about Antarctica’s wildlife and what you can do to help protect its unique and amazing creatures.

Krill Conservation

Ross Sea Preservation

Southern Ocean Fisheries

Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary