1 Nov 2014

NZ fails in Ross Sea protection bid

12:23 pm on 1 November 2014

New Zealand has been unsuccessful in its fourth bid to turn the Ross Sea into a Marine Protected Area.

Frost smoke rises from the sea off the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.

Frost smoke rises from the sea off the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Photo: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

The New Zealand and United States proposal was rejected at a Conservation of Antartic Marine Living Resources meeting in Hobart on Friday.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Murry McCully, said the proposal aimed to balance environmental protection with sustainable fishing and scientific interests.

Mr McCully said it was disappointing an agreement was not reached, but it was always going to be a challenge.

He said New Zealand would try again and continue to work with others to protect the Ross Sea region.

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