Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Law and Legal Definition

The Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international convention that came into force in 1982. The objective of this convention is the conservation of Antarctic marine living resource. and forms an important part of the Antarctic Treaty System.

The CCAMLR establishes an international mechanism and creates legal obligations for the protection and conservation of Antarctic marine living resources. The Convention incorporates an innovative ecosystem approach to the management of Antarctic marine living resources, including standards designed to ensure the health of the individual populations and species and to maintain the health of the Antarctic marine ecosystem as a whole.

The U.S. is a signatory to this convention. The convention serves important U.S. environmental and resource management interests. It represents an important contribution to U.S. long-term legal and political objectives of maintenance of Antarctic as an area of international cooperation. The U.S. federal law, Antarctic Marine Living Resource Convention Act of 1984, provides the legislative authority necessary to implement the Convention.