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    Are we there yet? Evaluating and reporting progress towards a Representative System of Marine Protected Area across the CAMLR Convention Area

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    Document Number:
    WS-SM-18/14
    Author(s):
    D.C. Welsford
    Submitted By:
    Dr Dirk Welsford (Australia)
    Approved By:
    Dr Dirk Welsford (Australia)
    Abstract

    In 2008, CCAMLR agreed that the establishment of a representative system of marine protected areas (RSMPA) by 2012 was a priority. This assessment shows that the Scientific Committee and Commission can be kept informed of progress towards this goal using a relatively short list of simple criteria that are based on robust ecological and experimental design principles, and the Commission’s objectives. This study indicates that the currently designated marine protected areas provide important contributions towards a RSMPA, however we are not there yet. Establishment of the proposed MPAs in Domain 1, Weddell Sea and East Antarctica would make significant contribution towards a RSMPA under a scientific definition of representation, and enable CCAMLR to focus efforts on the remaining values yet to be included in proposals.

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