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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.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 08:33 UTC

Looking for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems in the south east Atlantic

The Norwegian research vessel Dr. Fritdjof Nansen serves as a platform for a multidisciplinary team of scientists whose aim is to VMEs in SE Atlantic.

Researchers from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the University of Vigo, belonging to the science team EcoAfrik project, are participating in an offshore oceanographic campaign, off the coast of South Africa and Namibia, looking for Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems that require protection.

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 - 07:21 UTC

Largest glacier in East Antarctica melting fast because of warm ocean water

The 120-kilometre long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents

The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 19:39 UTC

UN members agree on major policy for ocean and marine life protection

Sofia Tsenikli of Greenpeace said that “today’s agreement could go a long way in securing the protection the high seas desperately need”.

States took a major step toward urgently needed ocean protection at the United Nations over the weekend agreeing to develop a legally binding agreement to conserve marine life in the high seas. After four days of deliberations States reached consensus to begin negotiating the first UN treaty that specifically addresses the protection of marine life in an area covering half the planet – those ocean areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015 - 15:47 UTC

Toothfish poachers caught red-handed in Antarctica waters slip away

“It's the start of a lengthy process to try to stamp out such insidious activity,” said Murray McCully, New Zealand's foreign minister.

Staying hidden behind sea ice and large waves, sailors aboard a navy patrol boat from New Zealand sneaked up on three suspected poaching ships, then took photos and video of the fishermen hauling in prized fish in banned nets from the ocean near Antarctica. Seemingly caught red-handed, the crews of the rusting vessels just kept on fishing.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 10:46 UTC

Falkland Science Symposium celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Pan-American delegates to the Falklands Science Symposium enjoying the penguins at Volunteer Point (Pic SAERI)

The world’s northernmost colony of king penguins has something to celebrate this week, as Tuesday marks Penguin Awareness Day and these well dressed seabirds play host to an international group of scientists gathered to discuss the Falkland Islands’ rich potential for new research.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015 - 08:16 UTC

Falklands governor hosts reception for visiting scientists of the Americas

Scientists are taking part in the Falklands Science Symposium, investigating opportunities for collaboration with SAERI and other groups in the region. (Pic SAERI)

Visiting scientists from “all corners of the Americas” have received a warm welcome to the Falkland Islands. The delegates from the US, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Chile are experts in a range of fields including marine ecology, oceanography and geology and are on a week-long visit at the invitation of the Falkland Islands government and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute, SAERI.

Tuesday, January 20th 2015 - 06:05 UTC

Falklands receives Pan-American science delegation including Chile, Brazil and Colombia

Falklands Government sponsors scientists visits to the Islands 'to collaborate on regionally and internationally environmental research', said MLA Poole.

Following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who first visited the Islands in 1833, the first ever Pan–American Science Delegation to the Falkland Islands arrived in Stanley on Saturday, January 17.

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