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Environmental protection

As well as conducting globally important science, BAS fulfills its stewardship role by working to the highest environmental standards in all its operations and by playing a leading role in the Antarctic Treaty – the world’s most successful international agreement.

Crossing Drake's Passage. Waves crashing over the bow of the RRS Ernest Shackleton during a Force 12 storm.

Environmental protocol

The Protocol sets a framework for the comprehensive protection of the Antarctic environment


Regulation of commercial fisheries in the southern ocean since 1982


The Antarctic Treaty bans mineral exporation on the continent