Antarctica

Antarctica
Monday, October 19th 2015 - 21:46 UTC

Polar operators keen on conducting citizen science projects

Kim Crosbie, Executive Director, IAATO, highlighted that after a period of downturn, tourism to Antarctica is recovering and diversifying

Field staff from the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operations (IAATO) and the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) got together in Toronto last month in the first Polar field staff conference ever held. Seventy-five people attended over the three days representing 24 IAATO/AECO members, three governments, three universities and the World Wildlife Fund.

Thursday, October 15th 2015 - 06:52 UTC

HMS Protector to assess fish stocks and update Ross Sea charts

Ross Sea contains valuable fish stocks and Protector will help to ensure fishing vessels comply with the strict environmental rules for a sustainable resource.

Ice ship HMS Protector is heading for waters no Royal Navy vessel has visited in 80 years as she begins a marathon deployment to Antarctica. The Plymouth-based icebreaker and survey vessel will ensure the world’s fishermen are not stripping the largely-unspoiled waters of the Ross Sea of marine life.

Tuesday, October 6th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

Ushuaia expects this cruise season 336 vessel calls and over 100.000 visitors

During the 2014/15 season the number of cruise visitors in Ushuaia was actually down 9%, from 98.770 to 90.276, according to a release from Hosteltur.

Tierra del Fuego Tourism Institute (Infuetur), in extreme south Argentina, is expecting 25% more cruise visitors this 2015/16 season, most probably breaking the 100.000 milestone, with 336 calls involving 47 cruise vessels. The estimate is 112.170 passengers by April 2016, of which 79.486 non Antarctic and 36.684 Antarctic visitors.

Wednesday, September 30th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Blue whales reported to be back in Barents Sea after a century

Norwegian scientists say that in these waters blue whales have not seen for about 100 years.

Blue whales are returning to the Barents Sea in the area of Svalbard, according to employees of Holland's Institute of Sea Research. The 17 species spotted means the mammals are returning to the region after a century of absence.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:25 UTC

Falklands and South Georgia commemorative coins celebrating longest reigning sovereign in British history

Falkland Islands: The portrait is taken from the Queen’s Coronation on June 2, 1953. The privy mark is of Westminster Abbey, where the Coronation was held.

Four British overseas territories, including the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issues a commemorative coin celebrating the day their head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, became the longest reigning British sovereign in history.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:18 UTC

Polar Tour Operators hold first Antarctic/Arctic field guide conference

The conference, will runs from 27-29 September

The poles are combining forces in Toronto next week at a unique conference for polar field staff organized by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) in collaboration with its sister organization in the Arctic, the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO).

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 08:52 UTC

HMS Endurance up for sale; she never recovered from the 2008 accident

 Built in Norway as MV Polar Circle, she was chartered in as HMS Polar Circle, before being purchased outright and renamed HMS Endurance in 1992.

The Royal Navy has put its Ice Patrol ship, HMS Endurance, up for sale. The icebreaker served as the Royal Navy ice patrol ship between 1991 and 2008 before an accident during routine maintenance destroyed a large part of her equipment.

Friday, September 4th 2015 - 12:15 UTC

Toothfish Day celebration in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

On September 4 (today), Toothfish Day is celebrated to follow the end of the toothfish season at South Georgia.

Every country has its bank holidays. Some are widespread such as Christmas Day and Good Friday, others are unique such as Peat Cutting Monday in the Falklands
and Melon Day in Turkmenistan.

Tuesday, August 18th 2015 - 08:55 UTC

South Georgia expects another cruise record season this 2015/16 season

There will be one new ship to South Georgia in the coming season, Le Lyrial, sister ship to this one, L’Austral.

South Georgia is looking ahead to a new record year in the coming 2015/16 cruise ship season, according to the latest edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Monday, August 3rd 2015 - 08:28 UTC

Argentina and Chile armies agree on Antarctica rescue and support operations

The Chilean and Argentine military officers shake hands following the signing of the document relative to Paracah activities (Pic LPA)

The armies of Argentina and Chile have completed the details for this Antarctic season PARACAH (Antarctic Combined Rescue Patrol Argentina-Chile) 2015 exercise that became effective as of August and extends until next year, and which besides combined rescue operations also refers to collaboration in scientific and research issues in Antarctica.

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