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MINISTER FOR

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

No. Date

M29 8 March 1982

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NEWS RELEASE THE HON. TONY STREET, M.P.

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ANTARCTIC MARINE L I VI NG RESOURCES

The M i n i s t e r f o r F o r e i g n A f f a i r s / t h e Hon. Tony S t r e e t MP/

t o d a y announced t h a t t h e C o n v e n t i o n on t h e C o n s e r v a t i o n o f A n t a r c t i c M a r i n e L i v i n g R esour ces woul d come i n t o f o r c e 30 days f r o m t o d a y .

T h i s f o l l o w s New Z e a l a n d ' s r a t i f i c a t i o n o f t h e C o n v e n t i o n -

t h e e i g h t h c o u n t r y t o do s o . Under t h e t e r m s o f t h e C o n v e n t i o n / i t

w i l l a u t o m a t i c a l l y come i n t o f o r c e 30 days a f t e r i t has been r a t i f i e d

by e i g h t c o u n t r i e s .

I n a ceremony i n C a n b e r r a t o d a y / Mr S t r e e t / r e p r e s e n t i n g A u s t r a l i a as t h e d e p o s i t a r y c o u n t r y f o r t h e C o n v e n t i o n / r e c e i v e d New Z e a l a n d ' s i n s t r u m e n t o f r a t i f i c a t i o n f rom t h e New Z e a l a n d High C o m m i s s i o n e r / Mr L . J . F r a n c i s .

The C o n v e n t i o n p r o v i d e s f o r t h e e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e AMLR Commission w i t h i t s h e a d q u a r t e r s i n H o b a r t . Under t h e t e rm s o f t h e C o n v e n t i o n / A u s t r a l i a i s t o convene t h e f i r s t m e e t i n g o f t h e AMLR Commission i n H o b a r t w i t h i n t h r e e months o f t h e C o n v e n t i o n ' s e n t r y i n t o f o r c e .

The AMLR C o n v e n t i o n has now been r a t i f i e d by A u s t r a l i a / C h i l e / J a p a n / t h e U n i t e d Kingdom/ Sout h A f r i c a / t h e USSR/ t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s and New Z e a l a n d .

Mr S t r e e t s a i d t h a t t h e A u s t r a l i a n Government i n k e e p i n g w i t h i t s commitment u nd e r t h e A n t a r c t i c T r e a t y p l a c e d g r e a t i m p o r t a n c e on t h e p r e s e r v a t i o n o f t h e A n t a r c t i c e n v i r o n m e n t and a s c i e n t i f i c and

c o o p e r a t i v e app r oac h t o t h e c o n s e r v a t i o n and r a t i o n a l use o f A n t a r c t i c f i s h e r i e s r e s o u r c e s . I t r e g a r d e d e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e AMLR Commission as a m a j o r s t e p i n t h a t d i r e c t i o n .

The C o mmi s si on ' s main f u n c t i o n w i l l be t o recommend measures f o r t h e c o n s e r v a t i o n o f A n t a r c t i c m a r i n e l i v i n g r e s o u r c e s which i n t h i s

c o n t e x t i n c l u d e f i n f i s h / m o l l u s c s / c r u s t a c e a n s and a l l o t h e r s p e c i e s

o f l i v i n g o r g a n i s m s / i n c l u d i n g b i r d s / f ou n d i n t h e a r e a .