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.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

Sculptures dedicated to 29 Britons who lost their lives in Antarctica service

Oliver Barratt is the sculptor of the Northern and Southern sections of the Antarctic Monument

A two-part sculpture dedicated to Britons who lost their lives in service of science in Antarctica will be unveiled by a Watford man. Brian Dorsett-Bailey, 75, will officially reveal one of the monuments at Stanley in the Falkland Islands in tribute to the 29 people who have died in British Antarctic Territory, reports the Watford Observer.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 00:01 UTC

China celebrates 30 years of first research station in Antarctica

The Great Wall on King George Island was the first Chinese scientific station in Antarctica opened in 1985 (Pic M. Foote)

China is preparing to mark 30 years of polar expeditions, when on 20 February 1985 opened its first permanent research station in Antarctica, The Great Wall on King George Island. Since then China has continued to advance and is now planning the fifth permanent station.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

US icebreaker Polar Star rescues Australian longliner trapped in Antarctic ice

The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres NE of McMurdo Sound

An Australian fishing vessel that was stranded in Antarctic ice for a week with a damaged propeller is expected to make its way to New Zealand under its own power.The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres north-east of McMurdo Sound with 26 people on board.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 19:38 UTC

Funds for South Georgia habitat restoration program; third phase begins February

The SGHT Habitat Restoration Project was started in 2011 and will cost around £7.5 million in total.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds towards the final phase of the Habitat Restoration, or rodent eradication Project, reports South Georgia's Newsletter. The third phase of the several years program is scheduled to begin in February.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 19:20 UTC

HMS Dragon helicopter helps track remaining reindeer in South Georgia

The Type 45 destroyer was on her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas

HMS Dragon made her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas, reports the South Georgia newsletter in its December edition. The Type 45 air defense destroyer had a Westland Lynx helicopter on board which was used to survey the Barff Peninsula for any remaining reindeer ahead of the arrival of the Norwegian SNO marksmen.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 18:45 UTC

Eighteen cruise ships with 2.000 passengers call at South Georgia

The period between Christmas and New Year was especially busy with 10 vessels visiting. (Pic J. Fowler)

There were 24 harbor visits to Grytviken during December, the majority, eighteen, from cruise ships and charter yachts which between them brought nearly 2000 passengers to visit South Georgia, according to the SG Newsletter.


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