Antarctica

Antarctica
Tuesday, October 29th 2013 - 00:10 UTC

Ozone hole slightly smaller than average this year, according to NASA

Nasa satellite infrared picture of the south pole and the ozone layer hole

The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data. The ozone hole is a seasonal phenomenon that starts to form during the Antarctic spring (August and September). The September-October 2013 average size of the hole was 8.1 million square miles (21 million square kilometers).

Friday, October 25th 2013 - 05:59 UTC

All South Georgia licensed vessels must comply with the Torremolinos Protocol

This SG season all (six) toothfish longliners were inspected either before the season started or during mid-season off-load

As part of an initiative to ensure all licensed fishing vessels are of a good standard, the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, GSGSSI, are undertaking inspections of all vessels to check their compliance with the Torremolinos Protocol on Fishing Vessel Safety, reports the latest edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Monday, October 21st 2013 - 19:33 UTC

Antarctic scientists address toothfish and icefish stocks and catch limits in Australia

With the attendance of delegations from the twenty five members from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the annual gathering of international Antarctic scientists and policy makers took off on Monday in Australia.

Thursday, October 17th 2013 - 20:59 UTC

Toothfish licensing provides 70% of South Georgia revenue, but patrolling absorbs 80% of the amount

The 2012/13 season and probably been the busiest year in South Georgia since the end of the whaling era, said GSGSSI Commissioner Nigel Haywood

In a new initiative the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) has published their first Annual Report. The report, which is designed to keep people informed about Government activities on and off the island, was published on this website on September 2nd and has been distributed to stakeholders, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter edition.

Wednesday, October 16th 2013 - 20:38 UTC

HMS Richmond on south Atlantic patrol visits South Georgia Island

The Type 23 frigate at Grytviken

HMS Richmond was on patrol in the South Georgia Maritime Zone at the end of September and came to anchor off Hope Point on the 27th for a three-day visit, reports the September edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Tuesday, October 15th 2013 - 18:15 UTC

HMS Protector leaves for Antarctica from Portsmouth but will return to Davenport

The Royal Navy “Swiss army knife’ during her last season in Antarctica

Royal Navy’s newest ice patrol ship HMS Protector leaves Portsmouth this week on deployment to Antarctica, but she will be returning to Davenport, where she is to be based in the future.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Scientists find huge water channels flow underneath Antarctica’s ice cap

Anne Le Brocq from University of Exeter trying to guess how the ice sheet  will behave in the future (Pic Exeter.ac)

Channels nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower gouge into the undersides of floating ice in western Antarctica. The recently discovered channels could influence how quickly Antarctic ice sheets slip into the sea, melt, and contribute to rising sea levels.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 01:25 UTC

Ice patrol HMS Endurance a complete loss, will be scrapped says MOD

The proud ice patrol almost went down in the extreme south of Chile

The Royal Navy's former ice patrol ship HMS Endurance is to be scrapped after the Ministry of Defense decided the cost of repairing the vessel, which flooded off the coast of Chile in 2008, was too great.

Friday, September 27th 2013 - 21:33 UTC

South Georgia krill could suffer most global warming according to BAS

Krill is fished commercially in the Southern Ocean with current catches considerably less than 1% of estimated biomass

Modelling of the effects of sea temperature rises in the Southern Oceans indicates that krill in the seas around South Georgia may be the hardest hit of the region by the effects of global warming, reports the August edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

Friday, September 20th 2013 - 20:07 UTC

A ‘message in a bottle’ dropped in South Georgia reaches NZ three years later

Luke was on a fishery science cruise in May 2010 when he released five bottles with messages

A ‘message in a bottle’ dropped just off the north-western end of South Georgia three years ago has washed up on Stewart Island, off the south end of New Zealand - more than half a world away, reports the July edition of the South Georgia Newsletter.

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