Antarctica

Antarctica
Saturday, July 4th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

South Georgia received record number of visitors during 2014/15 cruise season

A total of 8,142 cruise ship passengers visited South Georgia last season, slightly more than the previous highest number which was 8,068 in the 2007/8 season. (Pic J. Fowler)

The island of South Georgia attracted the highest ever number of cruise ship passengers in the 2014/15 season, in contrast to falling numbers of tourists visiting the Antarctic, according to the May edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Wednesday, June 24th 2015 - 08:17 UTC

South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands launch crown coin with the humpback whale

The design on the reverse features an image of a humpback whale breaching the Antarctic waters. The obverse features an effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II

The Treasury of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands have launched a crown coin which features some the most amazing wildlife found in and around the South Atlantic Ocean. Following the tradition of depicting indigenous local wildlife, this latest crown issued by South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands features the amazing Humpback Whale.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 07:41 UTC

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands coat of arms anniversary featured on new Crown coin

The coin, struck by the Pobjoy Mint, on behalf of the Treasury of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands includes the Coat of Arms.

The Treasury of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands have launched a crown coin which marks the 30th anniversary of the territory’s granting of a Coat of Arms by Royal Ascent. The Coat of Arms of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands was granted in 1985, upon the formal creation of the territory.

Saturday, May 16th 2015 - 08:13 UTC

Polar Code does not adequately protect Antarctic environment from shipping, says ASOC

ASOC believes that an effective Polar Code should require vessels sailing in Antarctic waters to completely stop discharging raw sewage.

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition voiced its disappointment over the lack of any significant new provisions in Part II of the Polar Code that would adequately protect the Antarctic environment from shipping. The London-based UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) on Friday adopted Part II of the Polar Code concerning pollution prevention.

Friday, May 8th 2015 - 08:21 UTC

IAATO agrees to ban recreational use of UAVs in Antarctica’s coastal areas

The UAV's ban will be reviewed next year to allow for potential technological advances and further developments within the regulatory community.

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) members have agreed that, for the 2015-16 season, they will not allow the recreational use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the unique, and often wildlife rich, coastal areas of Antarctica.

Wednesday, May 6th 2015 - 06:18 UTC

Cutting down killer whale toothfish snacking in South Georgia

Killer whales are not the only animals to take fish off the fishermen’s longlines in the South Georgia area however.

Studies of killer whales (Orca) in South Georgia waters may help fishermen avoid the whales stealing the fish off the fishing long-lines (termed depredation), according to the latest edition of South Georgia Newsletter.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 05:45 UTC

Antarctica Blood Falls could be connected to subsurface lakes system

“I’ve been studying Blood Falls for quite some time, and it’s always been a mystery,” said lead study author Jill Mikucki of the University of Tennessee.

The McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica are some of the most extreme desert regions on the planet. But new research indicates that the region may actually be full of salty, extremely cold groundwater. The water may even connect surrounding lakes into a massive network, and it probably hosts extreme microbial life.

Friday, May 1st 2015 - 05:29 UTC

Argentina and Chile coordinate joint scientific research in South Atlantic

The event was attended by Marcelo Diaz Diaz, Chilean ambassador in Argentina and his Argentine counterpart  Gines Gonzalez Garcia.

Outstanding researchers and scientists from Argentina and Chile in the fields of marine sciences, fisheries Antarctica and technology innovation met this week in Buenos Aires for a day's work coordinating the scientific efforts of both countries.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:29 UTC

Beware: China announces plan to seven-fold increase Antarctic krill catches

“We will increase our investment in the Antarctic area in terms of krill fishing,” said Liu Shenli, from China National Agricultural Development Group

Conservation groups and scientists worry that China’s push to boost its harvest of krill -- a shrimp-like creature used for aquaculture feed and human supplements -- may leave Antarctica’s whales, seals and penguins struggling to survive. China’s leaders say they want a seven-fold increase in krill production, according to a recent report in the state-owned China Daily newspaper.

Thursday, April 30th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Number of tourists visiting Antarctica was down, according to IAATO

The total number of visitors traveling to Antarctica with IAATO members was 36,702, a decrease of 2 percent compared to the previous season.

The number of adventurous tourists visiting Antarctica dipped in the 2014-15 austral season but is expected to bounce back this year, according to visitor totals released by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).

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