Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, December 11th 2013 - 03:58 UTC

IAATO names Amanda Lynnes part-time Operations and Communications Assistant

Amanda is a penguin biologist with a long career in Antarctica

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has announced the appointment of Amanda Lynnes to the part-time position of Operations and Communications Assistant. Amanda is responsible for communicating IAATO’s key messages and will assist in the development of the environmental and operational components of the Association.

Thursday, November 28th 2013 - 22:36 UTC

Argentina again contracts Russian vessels and choppers for the Antarctic 2013/2014 season

Polar vessel Golovnin has been contracted by Argentina in previous occasions since the fire that consumed Almirant Irizar still undergoing repairs

Argentina has again contracted Russian polar vessel “Vasily Golovnin” for the supply of its Antarctica bases and stations this coming summer season. The 24.4 million dollars package also includes ice-breaker 'Dranitsyn' and two heavy load helicopters Kamov KA32 which will making most the hardest work in the extreme south outposts

Monday, November 25th 2013 - 19:33 UTC

Fossils in south Chile reveal close interaction with once connected Antarctica

In February, a team of 11 scientists discovered the largest collection of dinosaur bones discovered in Chile

Three years of study in Patagonia have produced what researchers describe as most important paleontological findings in Chile in the last 10 years. The discovery of leaf and dinosaur fossils in South America has revealed the continent was connected to Antarctica 20 million years more recently than previously believed.

Thursday, November 14th 2013 - 19:20 UTC

Two UK scientists keeping track of Manhattan size iceberg moving in the Southern ocean

Professor Bigg is a leading iceberg expert from the University of Sheffield

An Iceberg, the size of Manhattan in area, was derived from the Pine Island Glacier, and is currently moving through the Southern Ocean. To keep track of its movements and melting Professor Grant Bigg of UK's University of Sheffield has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for the 6 month project.

Wednesday, November 6th 2013 - 01:53 UTC

South Atlantic patrol HMS Richmond calls at Tristan da Cunha doubling the local population

HMS Richmond entering at Tristan da Cunha

The beauty and ruggedness of the world’s most remote inhabited island has been captured in a series of photos during a recent visit from a Royal Navy warship.

Sunday, November 3rd 2013 - 12:07 UTC

Russia, Ukraine, China block plans in CCAMLR to create Antarctica marine reserves

Dr Fleming says Australia will keep trying to convince CCAMLR to protect the area.

Russia, Ukraine and China are being blamed for a failure of plans to protect almost 3 million square kilometers of ocean in Antarctica. After two weeks of discussions behind closed doors, the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has failed to come to an agreement on new marine reserves.

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.

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