||<p>The UK is a leading advocate for marine protection across the Southern Ocean, having
secured agreement for the first Marine Protected Area (MPA) within the international
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)<strong><em>.</em></strong>
The UK is a co-proponent for MPA proposals in the Weddell Sea and in East Antarctica,
both of which will be presented to the next CCAMLR meeting in October for adoption.
There are ongoing international consultations underway at official and technical level
to aid adoption. The final proposal will be submitted to CCAMLR this week, we will
then work with other EU Members to consider the most appropriate level of lobbying.</p>