Happy Antarctica Day!
Today celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, and ongoing international cooperation on protection, research and conservation of the continent. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to many species (not just whales and penguins!) and provide critical scientific insights into climate change, fisheries and marine management.
This year, Antarctica Day also makes the coming into effect of the world’s largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea.
To find out more about the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the outcomes of the most recent annual meeting (held in Hobart in October), click here.
Image: Antarctic Petrel, Dr Eric Woehler