The number and location of the protected areas has not yet been finalised.
WWF is pushing hard to ensure that CCAMLR commits to establishing the world’s largest network of MPAs in 19 ocean areas in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica.
What we are working towards is an order of magnitude greater than anything we have achieved before in the Antarctic.
Currently, only 0.2% of Antarctic waters are strictly protected. With the help of WWF supporters we are striving to have as much of the region as we can protected forever from the types of exploitation that have devastated so many of the world’s great marine areas - expanding fisheries, increased shipping activity and pollution.
It is the only way that Antarctic penguins, and other marine life, will be protected forever from the devastating effects of humans.