Gerlache Strait, AntarcticaPHOTO: Christopher Michel | Creative Commons
The Antarctic Treaty was created to establish Antarctica as a region of peace and international cooperation, and is at the centre of a number of related agreements, which together are known as the Antarctic Treaty System.
The aim of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources is to conserve marine life of the Southern Ocean.
Due to its location, New Zealand has a direct interest in peace and stability in the Antarctic region including the seas that surround it.
This Marine Protected Area protects the unique marine species, biodiversity and habitats of ocean bordering Antarctica.