MELBOURNE, Oct. 23 (Xinhua)-- Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) gathered Wednesday in Australia's southern port city of Hobart to discuss a possible establishment of two giant marine sanctuaries around the Antarctica.
According to previously disclosed details, one sanctuary proposal was put forward by Australia, France and the European Union, which wanted to establish a marine protected area of 1.6 million square kilometers east of the continent.
The other proposed sanctuary which locates in the Ross Sea and has a range of 1.23 million square kilometers was raised by the U. S. and New Zealand.
Both areas would allow limited fishing activities in the future if the proposals are approved in the meeting. However, recent attempts to reach an agreement for the two protected areas before the Hobart meeting was failed because it was reported that some member countries worried about possible access restriction for fishing.
According to the Australian delegation, their proposed area is "very important" since"it contains foraging grounds for penguins and seals, nursery areas for toothfish and krill".
Around 300 scientists and delegates from the CCAMLR members as well as the EU attended the meeting, which will last for nine days.
The two proposals will only be approved when the 24 members reach a consensus.