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Marine protected areas: a spark for contestation over ‘rational use’ of Antarctic marine living resources in the Southern Ocean?

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Smith, D and McGee, J and Jabour, J, Marine protected areas: a spark for contestation over rational use' of Antarctic marine living resources in the Southern Ocean?, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 8, (3) pp. 180-198. ISSN 1836-6503 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2016.1229398

Abstract

Over the last decade, there have been several proposals attempting to establish marine protected areas (MPAs) within the Southern Ocean under the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CAMLR Convention). However, despite much work undertaken by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and its Scientific Committee, only one MPA has been designated near the South Orkney Islands in 2009. More recent MPA proposals have been contested with some CCAMLR members claiming that ‘rational use’ of the CAMLR Convention area (as it appears in the objects clause of the CAMLR Convention) does not support the establishment of such MPAs. This article shows how international law rules on treaty interpretation might assist in resolving such disputes. We also suggest that recent interpretative disputes over the meaning of ‘rational use’ of the CAMLR Convention area are consistent with wider value conflicts over use of marine resource activities in the Southern Ocean. These value conflicts may need to be managed diplomatically in order to avoid escalation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law
Research Field:Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified
Author:Smith, D (Ms Smith)
Author:McGee, J (Dr Jeffrey McGee)
Author:Jabour, J (Dr Julia Jabour)
ID Code:112074
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2016-10-26
Last Modified:2017-02-20
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