Antarctica is the last place on earth where development and economic interests are almost non-existent. The United States is one of 25 nations (see CCAMLR) which regulate fishing activities in waters surrounding the southern continent. NOAA Fisheries’ U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program is a national program providing information needed for the development and support of U.S. policy regarding the conservation and management of the marine living resources in the ocean areas surrounding Antarctica. The AMLR Program emphasizes directed research to manage the Antarctic marine living resources from an ecosystem perspective. To this end, the principal mission of the AMLR research component is to collect the scientific information needed to detect, monitor, and predict the effects of harvesting and associated activities on target, dependent, and related species and populations of the Antarctic marine living resources and the ecosystem(s) of which they are a part.
The Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (AERD), located at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center manages the AMLR Program.
The Director of the AERD is George Watters.