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Environment Australia, 2002
Review of Performance - Outcome Three: Antarctica (continued)
Overall Achievement of Outcome Three
Australia's Antarctic interests are advanced
Focusing on four outputs:
- Played a lead role in the 24th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, including negotiating rules for liability for environmental damage in Antarctica.
- Provided leadership on arranging the establishment of a permanent secretariat to the Antarctic Treaty.
- Played a lead role in the development of key conservation measures at the 20th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to better manage exploratory and established fisheries, to minimise bycatch and to combat illegal fishing.
- Progressed work on developing an air transport system.
- Developed and implemented an international standard environmental management system for the Australian Antarctic Division's activities in Australia and the Antarctic.
- Prepared a framework strategy for the clean-up of Australia's old waste sites in Antarctica.
- Continued to play a leading role in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, by proposing new measures to prevent such fishing and including further restrictions on market access for illegal, unreported and unregulated catches.
- Developed an automated management and reporting system to supply Antarctic input for the 2001 Australian State of the Environment Report.
- Operated Lidar laser equipment at Davis to measure stratospheric and mesospheric properties.
- Trialed new aquarium based experimental equipment at sea to be used to study marine microbial processes.
- Drilled a 500 metre hole through the Amery Ice Shelf to investigate the interaction of ice and water in the ocean cavity below the ice shelf.
- Gathered important data on how the Southern Ocean influences the world's climate and the global carbon cycle. This was the largest ever Australian Antarctic scientific expedition involving 70 scientists from 11 countries.
- Developed a spatially structured assessment model for use in defining fish catch limits.
- Provided data from radar and satellites to facilitate studies of space weather research.
- Completed a new, more accurate coastline definition of the Australian Antarctic Territory.
- Developed a database for the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research Biodiversity to manage and report on biotic observations in the Antarctic region.