International Whaling Commission

ASOC will be represented at the 63rd IWC by Sidney Holt. The meeting will take place from 11 - 14 July, 2011. ASOC urges the IWC to take a strong stand in favor of protecting whales in the Southern Ocean. Read Dr. Holt's blogs by clicking below to visit our blog. Read Dr. Holt's statement to the IWC by clicking above.

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Next Steps on the Polar Code

ASOC will attend the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee 62nd session from 11 July to 15 July to follow ongoing discussions on the Polar Code and represent ASOC’s positions on the boundaries for the application of the Polar Code in Antarctic waters and on eliminating sewage discharges into Antarctic waters. Click above to read our papers on Antarctic/Arctic boundaries, sewage emissions, and black carbon.

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Antarctic Treaty Meeting

ASOC attended the 34th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Buenos Aires, focusing on climate change, tourism, protected areas, and implementation of the Environment Protocol. Read our papers and our press release on the meeting's outcomes by clicking above.

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Conserving Krill

Krill are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans that are enormously important in sustaining the Antarctic food web. Food for everything from fish to blue whales, krill are increasingly harvested to produce fish meal and nutritional supplements. Proper management of the krill fishery is extremely important to ensuring the health of Antarctic ecosystems. Click to learn more.

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Saving the Ross Sea

The Ross Sea is the world's most pristine marine body and is home to large proportions of the world populations of emperor penguins, Adelie penguins, and Weddell Seals, and a newly discovered subspecies of killer whale. Over 450 scientists have called for comprehensive Ross Sea protection. Click to learn more.

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Tourism

Despite the expense of traveling to Antarctica, it is easy to understand its appeal: magnificent icebergs, charismatic seals and penguins, majestic whales, not to mention the excitement of visiting one of the world's most remote and pristine places. But a growing human presence, even if transitory, presents many environmental and safety problems. Click to learn more.

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    Saving the Ross Sea

    What if there were one place left on Earth without pollution and with an intact ecosystem?  That place is Antarctica's Ross Sea (learn about the Ross Sea here).

    We can save the Ross Sea and preserve this "last ocean" before it's too late.  Click below to find out more.