Antarctica

Antarctica
Monday, October 20th 2014 - 21:56 UTC

AOA calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine protection of the Ross Sea and East Antarctica

A joint US-NZ proposal to designate a Ross Sea marine protected area (MPA) of 1.32 million km2 (with 1.25 million km2 as “no take”) is under consideration

As representatives of the 25 Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meet this week in Hobart, where they will decide the fate of two key protection proposals in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) (*) called on the member countries to honor their conservation commitments and finally agree to lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

Tuesday, October 7th 2014 - 22:08 UTC

Enhancing safe navigation in polar waters

“It has taken considerable work and time to set up this system”, said Captain Leif Skog of Lindblad Expeditions, a long-time member of IAATO

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association for Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings from the Arctic and Antarctica.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

Top marks for South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery

“South Georgia is a unique environment and the GSGSSI will continue in its efforts to improve all aspects of the fishery,” said GSGSSI Fisheries Collins.

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery renewed its five-yearly Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the third consecutive time. The fishery, which was first MSC certified in 2004, received an average score of 96 out of 100 in the latest assessment, said the government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI).

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 01:28 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager resigns to focus on PhD

“Claudia (pic) has had a big impact on the association over the last two and a half years with her fresh ideas, knowledge and experience of the Antarctic tourism industry.” said

Claudia Holgate, Environmental Manager for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), has decided to step down from the position, which has grown to become full time.

Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 20:13 UTC

South Georgia expecting 64 cruise vessel calls this coming season

Bark Europa with 40 pax, will be the smallest cruise to visit South Georgia and the largest the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest.

The number of cruise ship visits to South Georgia is set to increase by at least 10% in the forthcoming 2014/15 season, according to the July edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Friday, August 22nd 2014 - 00:01 UTC

An estimated 36.500 tourists and 54 vessels expected this coming Antarctic season

“Since 2011-12, there has been a slight recovery in the overall numbers although there is little change forecast for this coming season” IAATO's Crosbie said.

During the upcoming Antarctic season, from November through March, 36,545 tourists are expected to visit, according to estimates compiled by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). That’s a slight dip from the 37,405 who visited in 2013-14, which was a 9 percent increase from the previous year.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:15 UTC

Chile's massive 2010 earthquake caused Antarctica glaciers to calve and 'icequakes'

 Scientists found that almost 30% of the stations revealed definitive proof of high-frequency seismic signals as the surface-wave reached Antarctica.

A massive earthquake that struck Chile in 2010 caused glaciers thousands of miles away in Antarctica to calve, a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience found. Seismic surface waves radiating away from the earthquake’s epicenter traveled some 4,700 kilometers before passing through Antarctica’s ice sheets and causing small tremors, or “icequakes.”

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 22:56 UTC

Falkland Islands and the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton a century ago

 The expedition left England by the wish of His Majesty shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 in the stout little Endurance

One hundred years ago this month Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth on HMS Endurance at the beginning of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17), also known as the Endurance Expedition.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 08:10 UTC

“Busy and diverse tourism season” South Georgia tells IAATO meeting

Vessels like Ortelius and Ushuaia, made 55 visits to South Georgia during the last tourist season

In the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands’ annual address to the tourism industry at the IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) meeting in Providence, Richard McKee, GSGSSI Executive Officer summarized the 2013-14 season as “incredibly busy and diverse” given the 55 cruise ship calls.

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