29 Oct 2012

Ross Sea fishing ban wanted

8:17 pm on 29 October 2012

A descendant of Sir James Clark Ross, a British polar explorer, will this week address a conference in Tasmania which is considering the creation of a marine protection area in the Ross Sea in Antarctica.

Phillippa Ross wants the delegates from the 25 countries at the meeting to support a total ban on fishing in the Ross Sea.

Ms Ross told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme on Monday that if Sir James was alive today, he would be bewildered by opposition to a fishing ban in the Ross Sea.

Ms Ross said no one understands the life cycle of toothfish and so its fishing cannot be considered sustainable.