Saving the Southern Ocean
The Southern Ocean is home to many unique and fascinating species, from penguins and seals to glass sponges and colossal squid. ASOC supports the creation of marine protected areas and marine reserves to ensure that these species and the habitats they depend on are fully protected. The world has a rare opportunity to preserve these magnificent places and animals for future generations, and we urge Antarctic leaders to take a bold step for marine conservation. Read more
Developing a Polar Code
The polar regions are especially sensitive to pollution. Conditions can also be hazardous, increasing the chances of accidents. As ship traffic increases in the Arctic and Antarctic, it is therefore extremely important that vessels are adequately regulated to protect the safety of humans and the environment. ASOC urges the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to institute a strong mandatory Polar Code with mandatory requirements for ice strengthening, crew training, and pollution prevention for vessels traveling in polar waters. Read more.
Conserving Antarctic Ecosystems
In the Antarctic, tiny crustaceans called krill sustain the largest animal that has ever existed – the blue whale – as well as many other fish, bird, and mammal species. Few species on earth play such a critical role in the food chain. There is increasing commercial interest in harvesting krill to provide fish meal for aquaculture and nutritional supplements for human consumption. ASOC works to ensure that the krill fishery does not conflict with the needs of the many Antarctic creatures that depend upon it for survival. Read more.
Stunning landscapes and charming wildlife draw thousands of tourists to Antarctica every year. However, the Antarctic’s harsh conditions belie its fragility. Vegetation recovers slowly from human-induced disturbances, and important penguin and seal breeding locations have become popular visitation sites. ASOC believes that well-regulated tourism is key to preserving the world’s last great wilderness and its magnificent species for decades to come. Read more.