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WP033: De-listing Antarctic Specially Protected Species

ATCM XXVIII and CEP VIII 2005, Stockholm, Sweden

Working Paper

WP033: De-listing Antarctic Specially Protected Species

Summary:

At III ATCM in 1964 the Parties addressed conservation issues for the first time and approved the Agreed Measures for the Conservation of Antarctic Flora and Fauna. In its Annex A were listed those species which were to be designated as Specially Protected Species. These comprised "All species of the genus Arctocephalus, Fur Seals and Ommatophoca rossii, Ross Seal". At XXVII ATCM SCAR was asked to examine the available data for the species currently in Annex A and provide a recommendation on the future of these listings. This paper outlines the existing situation, lists the criteria for assessing species for Special Protection and makes recommendations that the criteria for endangerment devised by IUCN be applied in a logical and scientific way and that Arctocephalus gazella (Antarctic fur seal) and Arctocephalus tropicalis (Subantarctic fur seal) be removed from Annex A of Annex II of the Protocol.

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
28th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
06 Jun 2005 - 17 Jun 2005