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Farming Antarctic waters

International laws protect Antarctica’s resources today, but some of them are under pressure all the same.


Launch an enquiry

Launch an enquiry into one of the Antarctic’s pressure points. In groups, choose either a focus on fish or bio-prospecting, a new area of science that people have called ‘the gold rush of the 21st century’.

For your resource, find out:

  • How is it used?
  • Why is Antarctica used as a source?
  • Where else in the world could people get it (if anywhere)?
  • What are the issues about using Antarctica’s supplies?
  • What might happen to Antarctica’s supplies if things carry on as they are?
  • What do you think should happen to this resource in Antarctica in the future?
  • What further questions would you like to ask about the resource and how it is used in Antarctica?
  • Download more information about Focus on fish
  • Download more information about Bio-prospecting
Fish catch
Bioprospecting for algae