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Russia key to Antarctic talks in Hobart

AAP logoAAP 16/10/2016

Russia may be about as far from Antarctica as possible but will be key to negotiations in Hobart to protect the waters around the southern continent.

The Arctic nation will chair a two-week meeting of 25 governments beginning in Hobart on Monday that seeks to establish three marine protected areas twice the size of Western Australia.

The Antartic Ocean Alliance says the Southern Ocean is home to more than 10,000 unique species including most of the world's penguins, whales and seabirds.

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