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WASHINGTON – The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is crossed with Russia for reneging on its commitment to conserve Antarctic marine lives.
CCAMLR made the observation at the conclusion of its 41st meeting in the United States. In a statement, Office of Spokesman, Department of State said it welcomes CCAMLR’s many important achievements over the past four decades, including substantially decreasing illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Convention Area, significantly reducing mortality of seabirds during fishing, and adopting an impressive suite of conservation measures to conserve unique marine ecosystems and to ensure fisheries are sustainably managed.
CCAMLR , the spokesman said is also responding to the increasing impacts of climate change on the Convention Area and the marine living resources and ecosystems within it.
The statement noted that these achievements underscore the ongoing need for this unique international organization. CCAMLR, members have demonstrated they can cooperate to conserve Antarctic marine living resources effectively.
“It is in this context that we express our serious concern with the approach of the Russian Federation to the discussions at this meeting. As an original signatory of the CAMLR Convention, Russia has committed to utilizing the best available scientific evidence to conserve Antarctic marine living resources”, it said, noting that Russia has repeatedly ignored scientific information provided to inform key management decisions to achieve political objectives.
These decisions, the statement noted relate to a range of important issues such as climate change, Marine Protected Areas, Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem protections, and fisheries management and research.
It explained that Russia’s repeated rejection of the best available scientific information amounts to an abuse of its commitment to participate in consensus-based decision-making.
“Russia’s actions undermine the integrity of CCAMLR’s decision-making processes and our collective ability and responsibility to achieve the objective of the Convention.
“We call on Russia to return to respecting the imperative of science-based decision-making and the ecosystem approach, which underpin CCAMLR’s work. We also call on Russia to respect the rules-based international order, end its war of aggression, and fully withdraw from the sovereign territory of Ukraine”, the group said.