11 Jul 2013

Further talks on Ross Sea marine zone

2:50 pm on 11 July 2013

New Zealand officials will this week try for a second time, to have the Ross Sea in Antarctica declared a marine protected area.

Officials from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources begin meeting in Germany on Thursday to reconsider the plan.

Last year, New Zealand and the United States proposed a plan for a protected area covering 2.2 million square kms.

It's understood Russia and the Ukraine blocked the proposal last year because they were not properly consulted and wanted the option of fishing in the area.

Negotiations have been underway with these countries since. Despite this, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says New Zealand is not going into the talks with high hopes. A vote is likely next week.