Antarctica: Parks and Protected Areas

Submitted by The Catt-Trax2 Team on Fri, 2007/01/05 - 3:39pm.
Report prepared by Leanne Isaac and Dan Kriss, students in BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program.

There are currently no parks in Antarctica. The land management system is regulated by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators (IAATO) which applies strict guidelines for tour companies. Size restrictions are placed on boats and the number of people allowed on boats is limited. There are potential threats from bigger boats, growing numbers of people, and inadequate safety considerations. There is no commercial mining on Antarctica since it is considered too expensive and dangerous to pursue.

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