Weddell Sea Marine Protected Area

The Weddell Sea has been put forward for consideration for special protection as a Marine Protected Area (MPA), as a result of its unique and rare ecosystems. This proposal is motivated by an increase in the amount of krill that is being fished in the Weddell Sea. Krill is a keystone species that supports higher animals including whales, seals, penguins and albatrosses.

The Weddell Sea has already been granted protected status from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, giving scientists priority access and restricting fishing activity. The proposed MPA, which will be considered at a conference in October 2018, would ban all fishing in a large part of the Weddell Sea.

  • Marine Protected Area

    The Weddell Sea has been put forward for consideration for special protection as a Marine Protected Area (MPA), as a result of its unique and rare ecosystems.

    View More
  • Larsen C Ice Shelf

    The Larsen C Ice Shelf of the Weddell Sea is presently the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, with an area of about 44,000 km².

    View More
  • Iceberg A68

    Iceberg A68, which has an area of around 6,000 km² and is more than 200 metres thick, calved from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in July 2017.

    View More