Even if an animal doesn’t eat krill, it will eat something that does. with about 25 personnel in the summer and 12-15 over the winter. This would make the entire continent off-limits to commercial exploitation and pollution, and permit only limited scientific research. A new global ocean treaty is being discussed by the UN. Greenpeace is conducting submarine-based scientific research to strengthen the proposal to create the largest protected area on the planet, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. At 1.8 million square kilometres, it would be the largest protected area on Earth. Greenpeace Environmental Trust (Charity No. Key findings from the footage and samples gathered from the submarine dives will be shared with the Antarctic Ocean Commission (CCAMLR) to establish localised protections as well as to strengthen this and other upcoming proposals for marine protection in the Antarctic. And as the oceans absorb more carbon dioxide, the water is becoming more acidic and krill struggle to develop properly. No non-governmental organisation had ever set up a base in Antarctica and there were many practical as well as political obstacles to overcome. In 1987 the MV Greenpeace moored in the Antarctic (after weather had halted their first attempt) and a few weeks later the World Park Base was operational. The international environmental organization Greenpeace established World Park Base in 1987 in order to press its demand for the Antarctic Treaty nations to declare all of the continent of Antarctica a World Park. © Paul Hilton / Greenpeace, The Arctic Sunrise is in the Southern Ocean as part of the ‘Defending Our Oceans Tour’ to document and disrupt the continued whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. © Greenpeace / Andy Loor. Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise in Hope Bay, the Antarctic Sound, conducting submarine-based research of the seafloor to identify Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems, which will strengthen the case for the largest protected area on the planet, an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace, Humpback whale in Paradise Bay, Palmer Archipelago on the Antarctic Peninsula. . Yesterday, Esperanza Base located on the Antarctic Peninsula recorded the highest measured temperature in the continent’s history. You can opt out at any time. Greenpeace has campaigned for one covering huge areas of the Antarctic, in the Weddell Sea. Greenpeace installed its own environmentally friendly station in 1987. Greenpeace scientists and activists worked in extremely hostile conditions to build the most environmentally friendly base … Greenpeace closed down and completely dismantled the base in 1992. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace, Aerial photograph of Adélie penguins on the ice, taken en-route to the Weddell Sea, Antarctic Peninsula. Climate change is causing problems for krill as well. Global warming is to blame for Argentine Antarctica recording its hottest day since readings began, Greenpeace said on Friday. Die Mehrzahl der Tiere des dortigen Nahrungsnetzes ist von Krill abhängig: Pinguine etwa und Robben, aber vor allem die Großwalarten wie Blau- und Buckelwal. Greenpeace is using every available peaceful means to bring the hunt to an early end and make it the last time the Sanctuary is breached by the whalers. The Arctic Sunrise is in the Southern Ocean as part of the ‘Defending Our Oceans Tour’ to document and disrupt the continued whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. A year ago, for example, a Greenpeace group gathered trash blowing from the McMurdo dump and piled … Listed as a Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem indicator taxon by the Commission that governs the Antarctic Ocean. The seafloor is home to creatures like corals and sea stars, with new species discovered on a regular basis. The international environmental organization Greenpeace established World Park Base in 1987 in order to press its demand for the Antarctic Treaty nations to declare all of the continent of Antarctica a World Park. © Greenpeace / James Perez, Light mantled sooty albatross in the Southern Ocean. The southern latitudes are warming three times faster than elsewhere and glaciers are melting faster than they form, raising global sea levels. © Greenpeace / Kate Davison, World Park Antarctica banner reading: Greenpeace is using every available peaceful means to bring the hunt to an early end and make it the last time the Sanctuary is breached by the whalers. This information was then published annually. Krill oil is being sold as a health supplement and vast numbers of krill were being caught to feed demand. As in the Arctic, climate change is having a greater impact on the Antarctic than other parts of the world. Coordinates: 77°38′20″S 166°24′50″E / 77.6389°S 166.4139°E / -77.6389; 166.4139, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=World_Park_Base&oldid=959514200, Pages using infobox settlement with missing country, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 May 2020, at 04:34. Sadly, governments with a say on how the Antarctic is managed failed to step up and create the sanctuary so far. Greenpeace was there to bear witness during the conclusion of the Protect the Oceans campaign’s Pole to Pole expedition. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace No non-governmental organisation had ever set up a base in Antarctica; there were many obstacles, both political and practical. Greenpeace is on a three-month expedition to the Antarctic to carry out scientific research, including seafloor submarine dives and sampling for plastic pollution, to highlight the urgent need for the creation of a 1.8 million square kilometre Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to safeguard species like whales and penguins. Greenpeace World Park Base. Despite being the coldest region on the planet, the Antarctic supports a huge array of life. Key findings from the footage and samples gathered from the submarine dives will be shared with the Antarctic Ocean Commission (CCAMLR) to establish localised protections as well as to strengthen this and other upcoming proposals for marine protection in the Antarctic. and create the sanctuary so far. Greenpeace Local Stamps Greenpeace has for several years issued cinderella or local post stamps for use on their campaign support vessels and also in the earlier years from their Antarctic Base situated in the Ross Dependency. Whales migrate thousands of miles to gorge on swarms of tiny krill. You don’t have to leave your phone number, but if you do, we’ll use it to keep you updated on how you can get involved through petitions, campaigning, volunteering and donating. Adélie Penguins are threatened by the airstrip construction at French Dumont D’Urville base in 1989. They depend on the edges of the sea ice for food and shelter. We won, and in 1991 the continent of Antarctica was protected from exploitation. The official attitude amongst the Antarctic Treaty nations was that World Park Base was to be ignored and that no assistance be given to it, although New Zealand, which claims jurisdiction over Ross Dependency (though all territorial claims are in abeyance under the Antarctic Treaty), would have assisted if a life-threatening situation arose. © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace, Krill, Euphausia superba, represent a critical component of the Antarctic food web, providing food for fish, whales, seals, penguins, albatross and other seabirds, as well as marine invertebrates. Less sea ice means penguins have to swim further to find food. This remote part of the world already has some protection and Greenpeace has played a big part in that. Text and images © Greenpeace. In the mid-1980s, Greenpeace launched its own expeditions to the Antarctic, taking a small team down to Ross Island at Cape Evans and building their own World Park Base. Whales, seals and penguins feast in the Antarctic’s southern ocean and international agreements protect the icy continent.