Photo by @PaulNicklen // An emperor penguin rockets out of the ocean with a belly full of krill on its way to feed its chick. Unfortunately, the future may not be so bright for these charismatic, flight-less birds as ice in Antarctica continues to melt. The Commission of the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources ( #CCAMLR) is an organization that works to conserve and protect wildlife which inhabits the Southern Ocean. This Commission of 25 members meets every year to discuss and make decisions on matters in the area involving topics such as fisheries, total allowable catches, and marine protected areas (MPAs). With new science revealing the imminence of increasing temperatures across the planet, it has been pointed out that Antarctica is at risk of rapid ice melt that could prove to be catastrophic. With the effects of #climatechange especially concentrated in the poles, urgent action is required to protect remaining ecosystems in this fragile area. This year’s CCAMLR annual meeting has already commenced, and members from 24 nations and the European Union will have the opportunity make advancements around three MPAs, in particular: Eastern Antarctica, the Weddell Sea, and the Antarctic Peninsula. Marine protected areas allow for ecosystems to recover, for science to take place, and for areas to increase climate change resilience @antarcticsouthernocean. Check out www.nationalgeographic.com to see @PaulNicklen and @CristinaMittermeier's most recent work in the Antarctica Peninsula, and learn more about the rapid changes occurring in this fragile environment.