Marine Protected Areas proposed in Antarctica

photo by Fred OliverThe annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) began in Hobart on 16 October 2014.   CCAMLR was established in 1982 as the international decision-making body for the Southern Ocean. It’s a consensus-based organisation, so all members must agree in order for a decision to be adopted.

After unsuccessful attempts in previous years, Australia, France and the European Union have again proposed the establishment of Marine Protected Area (MPA) in East Antarctica.  The previous MPA proposals covered 1.9 million square kilometres, while the revised proposal has significantly reduced the area to approximately 1.2 million square kilometres.

In conjunction with the protection of the East Antarctica regions, the United States and New Zealand have proposed an additional MPA in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. If both proposals are agreed at the CCAMLR meeting, it would create the world’s largest marine protected area.

Read more about the MPA proposals here.

Image by Fred Olivier.


EDO Tas Logo - no wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about all things Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, the RET review, Save the Tarkine’s judicial review application, EDO summer internships and details of upcoming events!  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Annual report 2013-2014

Annual report

EDO Tasmania was proud to release our 2013-2014 Annual report at our AGM last night.   The AGM was an opportunity to reflect on the ups and downs of a reasonably chaotic 12 months, to thank those who’ve supported us and to celebrate our survival.  Click here to read about what we’ve been up to and how we’re looking as we face the next 12 months.

Congratulations to our 2014-2015 Management Committee:

President:  Roland Browne

Vice President:  Leslie Frost

Secretary:  Michael Lynch

Treasurer:  Rosie Gude

Committee members:  Lindi Wall, Tom Baxter, Michael Swanton, Dr Ben Richardson and Kellie Jay.

Antarctic strategic plan released

antarctic-smlThe 20 Year Australian Antarctic Strategic Plan, released today, highlights the importance of Australian leadership in Antarctica. The report recommends increased funding to support scientific research, environmental protection, law and policy development, efficient administration and regional diplomacy.

The report also recognises the opportunities for Tasmania to contribute to building capacity in all these areas.

EDO Bulletin 19 released

EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about local government elections, new hurdles for the one-stop shop, opportunities to comment on Forestry Tasmania’s application for FSC certification and details of upcoming events – lots and lots of events!  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.

Summer Internships with EDO Tas

The Devil Lawyer_300114-1 copyInterested in environmental law?  Applications are open for our 2014-2015 summer internships, suitable for law, planning or policy students in their final or penultimate year of study.

Internships are a great opportunity to gain practical experience, use your research skills and learn more about Tasmania’s planning and environmental laws.

Applications are due on 17 November 2014. Download the application form.

World Animal Day 2014

World Animal Day


It’s easy to feel powerless with such a rapid decline in biodiversity, and addressing this issue will require serious responses from government.  However, there are also practical things that you can do. Check out our list of 10 simple ways to make a difference on World Animal Day.

Living Planet Report – not a pretty picture

Living Planet Report 2014The Living Planet Report 2014, prepared by WWF in collaboration with the Global Footprint Network, Water Footprint Network and Zoological Society of London, was released on 30 September 2014.

Biodiversity is declining sharply, while our demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing.  We need 1.5 Earths to meet the demands we currently make on nature.  This means we are eating into our natural capital, making it more difficult to sustain the needs of future generations.

The report makes a number of interesting (and depressing) findings:

  • the number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish across the globe has declined by 52 per cent since 1970.
  • habitat loss / degradation, exploitation and climate change are the primary drivers of biodiversity decline.
  • Australia’s ecological footprint is the 13th highest in the world (down from 7th in the last report). The biggest component of this footprint is carbon emissions.
  • if everyone lived like Australians, we’d need 3.6 planets to sustain the lifestyle.

Click here to read a summary of the report.  The full report is available on the WWF website.

EDO Annual General Banquet

Banquet imageEDO Tasmania has been incredibly humbled by the level of community support we have received since the announcement that our funding would be terminated.  This support will allow us to keep helping Tasmanians to protect their environment for another year.  Thank you!

EDO Tasmania invites all members and supporters to a celebration of our survival.  There will be some brief formalities (our AGM), followed by an Indian banquet.   We’d love to see you there!

Download the invitation here.

WHERE:  Annapurna, North Hobart (upstairs)

WHEN:    13 October 2014, 6:30pm

COST:     $20 for EDO members, $30 for non-members
(includes banquet + wine)

To RSVP, email and let us know any dietary requirements.


EDO-Tas-Logo-no-wordsThe latest edition of our Bulletin is now available.  This edition features information about the review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves, whaling in the Southern Ocean, environmental boycotts… plus the usual details about opportunities to comment and upcoming events.  To subscribe to the Bulletin, click here.