Several international Antarctic organisations have chosen Hobart as a location for their permanent headquarters.
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Hobart’s emergence as a global centre of Antarctic activity was confirmed in 1982 when the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) established its permanent secretariat in the city.
CCAMLR was established by Antarctic Treaty signatories to provide critical support in the global effort to eliminate illegal and unregulated fishing in the Southern Ocean through administering a world-leading marine conservation program. It plays a major role in the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) program.
Association of Responsible Krill harvesting companies (ARK)
ARK is a global, non-profit industry association for krill harvesting companies. It is a fully incorporated association which established a Secretariat in Hobart in 2012.
ARK’s key objective is to ensure an ecologically sustainable krill harvest by encouraging and facilitating communication and cooperation between industry, governments and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). This link assists the work of CCAMLR in managing the krill fishery. ARK’s core activities are to provide research and information on krill, the krill fishery and its impact on the ecosystem, and to support scientific research and educational initiatives.
For further information visit: www.ark-krill.org
Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP)
The second permanent international secretariat to establish in Hobart was the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP).
ACAP coordinates international activity to mitigate known threats to these vulnerable seabirds.
It was a Tasmanian scientist, Dr Nigel Brothers, who first identified the threat to albatross and petrel populations from long-line fishing operations and the location of ACAP recognises Australia’s record on seabird conservation and Hobart’s place as a centre of world-class research in Southern Ocean and Antarctic science.
ACAP has facilities to accommodate visiting scientists, increasing opportunities for collaborative efforts in albatross and petrel conservation.
For further information visit: www.acap.aq