Influencing Russia’s support for Southern Ocean MPAs

Ms Elena Zharkova1

1Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition, Washington DC, USA

Russia has not been in favour of the establishment of large scale Marine  Protected Areas in CCAMLR, particularly where the fishing potential is not well researched.  There is no legal mechanism for gazetting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) for biodiversity or conservation purposes in Russia and consequently, the country is not familiar with this practice.  ASOC Russia has been working with other Russian eNGOs to promote the value of high seas MPAs to Russian authorities and the necessity for appropriate legislation.  This paper explores progress made thus far with particular reference to the CCAMLR context.


Elena Zharkova has a strong background in conservation. Previously, she was communications officer for IFAW Russia, where she worked on successful campaigns to ban the Russian winter bear hunt, the hunting of harp seal pups along the Russian coast, protection of Russian tigers and conservation of western gray whales. As part of her work for ASOC, she promotes the importance of the Antarctic environment in Russia, through events, public speaking, and outreach to government officials.

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