1 November 2013, New York Times, Dan Bilefsky -- "Talks aimed at creating one of the world’s largest marine reserves in the waters off Antarctica ended in failure in the face of resistance from Russia, China and Ukraine, delegates said.
n the talks, held in Hobart, Tasmania, under the auspices of theCommission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the United States and New Zealand had proposed to create a 500,000 square mile, or 1.3 million square kilometer, ocean reserve in the Southern Ocean and the Ross Sea around Antarctica. The area’s pristine ecosystem helps sustain thousands of species, including whales, seals and penguins, as well as crustaceans and small fish.
The proposal before the marine commission needed support from 24 member countries and the European Union to be adopted, but it fell short because of the objections from the three countries, people at the talks said. ..."
Photo: Melting ice on a cliff off the coast of Cape Denison in Antarctica in 2009. Credit: Pauline Askin/Reuters