Each summer, tens of thousands of tourists travel to Antarctica. As the number of people visiting this remote wilderness grows, all who visit must take extra care to preserve this special place in a time of great change.
Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are at a crossroads. As the climate continues to warm and human activity in this remote wilderness increases, urgent protection is needed to secure a safe future for Antarctica and its remarkable ecosystems.
ASOC advocates for a science-based approach to the regulation of fishing activity in the Southern Ocean. We support robust enforcement mechanisms to discourage illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and penalize those who fail to comply with global and regional regulations.
Antarctica is growing in popularity as a tourist destination. After almost doubling in the six years between the 2013-14 and 2019-20 seasons, the number of tourists visiting Antarctica is forecast to rise dramatically over the next decade.
As the number of people visiting this remote wilderness grows, all who visit must take extra care to preserve this special place in a time of great change.
Antarctica and its ice, ocean and ecosystems play a critical role in regulating the global climate.
Today, Antarctica is at a crossroads. The global climate crisis is interrupting natural processes across large parts of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
As we stand on the brink of catastrophic change, the actions we take over the next decade will determine the course of human civilization for generations.