Pew Environment Group to Host Press Call on Efforts to Protect Whales, Penguins, Seals & Krill

Date: October 20, 2010

Location:
Tele-Press Briefing
Pew Environment Group

Washington, DC 20004

Description:

On Wednesday, October 20 at 11 a.m. EDT, Pew’s Antarctic Krill Conservation Project will host a tele-press briefing to discuss the importance and urgency of protecting Antarctica’s iconic predators including whales, penguins and seals.

Listen to an audio recording (MP3) of this event.

From October 25 – November 5, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will meet in Hobart, Tasmania to consider various measures that would protect krill, a small, shrimp-like crustacean that serves as the foundation of the Southern Ocean ecosystem. Increasing demand for krill puts the entire Antarctic food chain at risk. By adopting precautionary measures to spread out krill fishing over space and time, conducting a new krill stock assessment and requiring official observers on all krill fishing vessels in the Southern Ocean, CCAMLR can ensure the survival of this linchpin crustacean and the ocean wildlife that depend upon it for their survival.

WHAT:
Press conference call to discuss Pew’s priorities for this year’s CCAMLR meeting and emphasize the need for an effective management system of the Southern Ocean krill fishery

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 11 a.m. EDT

WHO:
• Gerald Leape – Senior Officer, Pew Environment Group; Director, Antarctic Krill Conservation Project (moderator)
• Evan Bloom – Deputy Director for Polar and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Head of the U.S. delegation to CCAMLR
• Heather Urquhart – Penguin Exhibit and Collection Manager, New England Aquarium (INVITED)

CALL LOGISTICS:
• NUMBERS:  800.311.9405 (U.S.); 334.323.7224 (INTERNATIONAL)
• PASSWORD: Penguins

CONTACT:
Dave Bard, 202.486.4426

This call will be recorded as an mp3 and will be posted approximately three hours after the briefing ends.

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