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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).

Tuesday, April 28th 2015 - 08:05 UTC

IAATO 2015 convention starts today in Rotterdam - Falkland Islands Tourist Board Management in Attendance

 “The networking opportunities at IAATO conference build relationships” said Mr. Tony Mason

Tony Mason, Director, International Communications and Stephanie Middleton, Interim CEO of the Falkland Islands Tourist Board are in Rotterdam, Netherlands this week attending the IAATO conference where key issues affecting the region will be discussed.

Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 16:12 UTC

Falklands, South Atlantic islands, Antarctica included in new Tierra del Fuego official map

Governor Fabiana Rios sent the bill for approval by the provincial legislative in Ushuaia, most probably with the blessings from Buenos Aires

Argentina's most southern province identified as Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic islands is redesigning its internal political limits with the purpose of “contributing to the territorial sovereignty of the Nation”, according to a bill sent to the provincial legislative by governor Fabiana Ríos and drafted with help from the Malvinas Question Advisory Observatory.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 11:52 UTC

Antarctica floating ice shelves thinning at an unexpected accelerated rate

Scientists have their best view yet of the status of Antarctica's floating ice shelves and they find them to be thinning at an accelerating rate. Fernando Paolo and colleagues used 18 years of data from European radar satellites to compile their assessment.

Monday, March 23rd 2015 - 22:51 UTC

New Antarctic affairs academic journal, sponsored by ASOC and Agenda Antarctica

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Elsa Cabrera explores the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruling on illegal Antarctic whaling carried out by the Japanese government.<br />

The Journal of Antarctic Affairs is the new academic magazine of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and Agenda Antarctica. The Journal aims to publish and disseminate the most prominent and influential research in relation to Antarctica by publishing articles, reviews and official documents in both English and Spanish twice a year.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 13:17 UTC

First call for proposals from Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund aims to improve the science-based understanding of the role of krill in the Antarctic ecosystem and the scientific basis for krill fishery management.

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) issued this week its first call for proposals, inviting applications from scientific researchers who can aid in determining the impact of the krill fishing industry on the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Such research will serve to ensure ecosystem protection, while improving the management basis for the fishery.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia

HMS Protector at anchor off Grytviken Harbour

The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Falklands historic link to Antarctica exploration unveiled in unique memorial

Governor Roberts, MLA Cheek, and Roderick Rhys-Jones, chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, at the unveiling ceremony

The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:37 UTC

IAATO tests protocols in Antarctic Search and Rescue exercise with RCCNZ

In the scenario MV Ortelius, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, reported an engine room fire that caused a temporary loss of power and eight casualties

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two member operators, Oceanwide Expeditions and Heritage Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise in collaboration with Maritime New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) on Feb. 12.

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