The following information on the proposed Weddell Sea MPA was provided by Germany:
The proposal for establishing the Weddell Sea MPA was first submitted to the Scientific Committee and Commission in 2016. The proposal has since evolved to incorporate feedback from discussions between Members. The most recent proposal is divided in two phases: WSMPA Phase 1 and WSMPA Phase 2 (see tab "Geographical Area/Zone").
The model for the proposed WSMPA P1 includes three management zones designed to achieve the general and specific objectives of the WSMPA: the General Protection Zone (GPZ), the Special Protection Zone (SPZ), and the Fisheries Research Zone (FRZ). In addition, the FRZ includes a Scientific Reference Area (SRA). Each zone allows certain activities and restricts others. The WSMPA P1 aims to protect representative examples of pelagic and benthic ecosystems, biodiversity and habitats (including relevant ecosystem components such as key species and top predators), protect vulnerable marine ecosystems and unique, rare or biodiverse habitats and features. It is also designed to provide climate change refugia for cold-adapted organisms, and contribute to the science-based management of the toothfish stock through ongoing research.
Discussions regarding the WSMPA P2 and the overall proposal to establish a MPA in the Weddell Sea region are on-going.