Antarctica

Antarctica
Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 08:51 UTC

South Georgia re-adjusts license conditions to reduce sea birds by-catches

Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay breaks “seabird by-catches record”

One of the most significant seabird by-catches in over a decade occurred in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) Marine Zone last week, by the Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay.

Monday, April 28th 2014 - 23:29 UTC

IAATO estimates 36.545 tourists will travel to Antarctica next season 2014/15

Marlynda Elstgeest, Chair of the IAATO Executive Committee

New figures released on Monday by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), estimate that 36,545 tourists will travel with IAATO members to Antarctica next season, 2014-2015. The information was reported at the first day of the 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Brasilia, which IAATO attend as Invited Experts.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 23:19 UTC

NASA and BAS tracking major Antarctic iceberg, B31, now in open waters

BAS marked the iceberg with a total of 37 GPS tracking devices earlier during the year (Pic NASA)

NASA has lately spotted a gigantic iceberg in Antarctica, identified as B31 and together with UK's BAS (British Antarctic Survey), is busy tracking the monster island of ice, which has now escaped into open waters. Despite its sheer size and mass, --experts estimate that the giant iceberg is approximately 600 square kilometres in size--, monitoring is not going to be an easy task with the coming of the Antarctic winter and ensuing darkness.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

UK £200 million new polar research vessel will ensure presence in Antarctica and he South Atlantic

The design of the state of the art research vessel

The British government will fund a new £200 million polar research ship to put UK scientists at the forefront of climate and ocean research in both Antarctica and the Arctic, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Friday in a speech.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 12:19 UTC

Coins to celebrate South Georgia's Grytviken Church centenary

The observe and reverse of the £2 coin

The Treasury of South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands have issued a new crown which celebrates the centennial of one of the Island group’s most well-known and recognized landmarks: the Grytviken Church.

Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 03:31 UTC

IAATO moves their office to Newport, Rhode Island

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) which currently has 116 members, announced that their office has moved from Providence to Newport, Rhode Island.

Monday, March 31st 2014 - 16:29 UTC

Japan abides International Court of Justice ruling to halt whaling program

Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the program was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

Tuesday, March 25th 2014 - 22:20 UTC

South Georgia reindeer eradication project to recover natural environment almost completed

Reindeer were introduced in the island in the early 1900's to feed whalers

After many years of planning, and two field seasons on the ground, the main part of the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, SGSSI, Reindeer Eradication Project is now all but done, according to the latest South Georgia newsletter. An estimated 3.140 animals have been sacrificed over a six-week period.

Thursday, February 27th 2014 - 04:59 UTC

Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in 'Sea Spirit' 2015/16 expedition cruises

Originally built in 1991, 'Sea Spirit' and 'Sea Explorer' have undergone technical upgrades such as ice strengthening

Poseidon Expeditions has chartered the 114-passenger Sea Spirit for polar operations starting in May 2015. Built as Renaissance V in 1991, the 4,200 gt ship currently operates on charter to Quark Expeditions and is managed by FleetPro Ocean. For the 2015/16 season Poseidon will offer expeditions to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia.

Wednesday, February 26th 2014 - 07:16 UTC

“Argentine Antarctica Day” celebrations with special mention of South Georgia

Minister Timerman reading his speech

Argentina celebrated on Tuesday 25 February, the “Argentine Antarctica Day”, which recalls the 110 years of uninterrupted presence of the country in Antarctica and included among the many activities displayed the scientific research cruise of May 2013 in waters adjoining the South Georgia islands.

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