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The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international convention entered into force in 1982.  The objectives of CCAMLR is to conserve Antarctic marine living resources, which cover the populations of fin fish, molluscs, crustaceans and all other species of living organisms, including birds, found south of the Antarctic Convergence.  Currently, CCAMLR has 25 Members and 11 Acceding States.  Text of the Convention can be downloaded here.


The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources ("the Commission") was established under the CCAMLR to give effect to the objectives and principles of conservation of the Convention, including regulating activities associated with the rational utilisation and management of the marine living resources in the Convention Area.  The Commission has adopted a suite of Conservation Measures (CMs) to support the conservation of Antarctic marine living resources and the management of fisheries in the Southern Ocean. These Conservation Measures (CMs) set out the requirements related to gear specifications, data reporting, research activities and the establishment of marine protected areas.


With a view to protecting toothfish from illegal, unreported and unregulated ("IUU") fishing internationally, and to contribute to the international concerted efforts in the protection and sustainable use of marine resources, the Hong Kong Government decided to implement the relevant provisions of the CCAMLR and CMs in Hong Kong.  A new legistation, the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Ordinance (CAMLRO) has been passed by the Legislative Council to provide legal basis and to provide for general powers for the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation and his authorized officers.  The CAMLRO can be downloaded here.  Besides, we are wokring on Two Regulations to implement the Toothfish Catch Documentation Scheme and port inspection and control measures under CCAMLR.



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