Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


This study pertains to the problem of international activity in an area of political and ecological sensitivity, the Southern Ocean. Of specific concern is the question of which group of states should have a voice in management of Antarctic krill. The niche filled by krill within the ecosystem and its potential as a fishery is discussed. Past international practice has been affected for the most part by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 which has maintained a somewhat exclusive "club" of nations as the overseers of Antarctic activity. However, states not party to the 1959 Treaty are becoming interested in the possible benefits of a krill fishery. Differences of opinion over this juridical issue will hinder any attempt at international management of krill.