Extracts from the press conference by Maria Damanaki, on marine protected areas in the Antarctic
On 16 October 2013, Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, made a statement during a press conference on joint EU/US push for enhanced protection of waters around Antarctica.
The EU, together with the US and other partners want to see the vulnerable waters around Antarctica better protected - in recognition of their global ecological and scientific importance. In a joint declaration the EU, US, France, Australia and New Zealand call for the adoption of proposed marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean, in the Ross Sea Region and in East Antarctica at the next meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, CCAMLAR, in Australia later in October 2013. PHOTOSHOTLIST