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Montevideo, April 18th 2019 - 14:37 UTC

Tag: Antartica

  • Friday, January 11th 2019 - 08:48 UTC

    China's “insatiable appetite” for seafood is straining South America's resources

    Juan Carlos Sueiro, Oceana director for Peru told Dialogo that Peru and Argentina saw ”the largest congregation of these (Chinese) vessels in the world.”

    China's “insatiable appetite” for seafood is straining the limited abilities of South American countries to enforce their maritime boundaries, according to an article in Dialogo, a website run by US Southern Command. Countries on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts have been affected, and most of the illicit fishing activity in those areas is done by Chinese vessels.

  • Friday, January 11th 2019 - 08:09 UTC

    Falklander leads Shackleton's “Endurance” search team in Weddell Sea

    The Endurance encased in ice. In the end she was crushed and her stern rose twenty feet into the air, paused momentarily and then in one gulp was gone.

    Following on from Penguin News’ interview last week with Islander Mensun Bound, who was involved in the search for the Argentine submarine Ara San Juan, Mr Bound spoke of his current project, the search for Shackleton’s ship Endurance.

  • Thursday, December 27th 2018 - 08:56 UTC

    US citizen becomes first person to cross Antarctica alone and unassisted

    Explorer Colin O'Brady finished in 53 days, ahead of British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, after an epic race across the ice. Both men set out on 3 November

    A 33-year-old American man has become the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unassisted. Explorer Colin O'Brady finished in 53 days, ahead of British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, after an epic race across the ice. Both men set out on 3 November to complete the journey, which killed a British ex-Army officer two years ago.

  • Thursday, December 27th 2018 - 04:22 UTC

    Sea Shepherd celebrates Japan will cease whaling around Antarctica

    Marine conservationists Sea Shepherd “delighted to see the end of whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary”, said captain Paul Watson in a statement.

    Marine conservationists Sea Shepherd are claiming Japan's decision to abandon whaling around Antarctica as a victory, though their battle will go on with the Asian nation moving to resume hunting elsewhere. On Boxing Day, Japan announced it was leaving the International Whaling Commission so it could resume commercial hunting of the marine mammals in their territorial waters.

  • Monday, December 24th 2018 - 08:49 UTC

    Thousands of sailors and Royal Marines on duty during Xmas and New Year

    HMS Clyde crew will take a morning dip at Bertha’s Beach, even when the water is colder than Portsmouth, and later will celebrate with a Christmas barbecue

    Thousands of British sailors and Royal Marines stand ready to respond to events at home and abroad this festive season. While many enjoy a well-earned break over Christmas and New Year, nearly 2,000 men and women of the Naval Service are on active duty, while over 2,500 personnel are on standby at home in the UK.

  • Wednesday, October 17th 2018 - 07:44 UTC

    UK Antarctic Heritage Trust announces a new Port Lockroy team for 2018/19

    The team will be responsible for running the Port Lockroy post-office, managing the island’s museum and monitoring the resident gentoo penguin colony (Pic UKAHT)

    The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) is delighted to reveal details of the quintet who will live and work at Port Lockroy on a remote island off the Antarctic Peninsula during the 2018/19 Austral Antarctic summer (November – March).

  • Monday, October 15th 2018 - 08:24 UTC

    Preparing Antarctica's Rothera to accommodate the RSS Sir David Attenborough

    The 50-strong team, from construction giant BAM, will spend two Antarctic summers, dismantling the old 60m wharf and building the new 74m one

    An international team of builders is preparing to ship an entire kit of parts from the UK to create a new wharf in the Antarctic. The work is part of the £100m upgrade of the Rothera research station to accommodate its new vessel, the RSS Sir David Attenborough. Almost 4,000 tons of equipment and materials will be shipped 11,000km next month.

  • Friday, September 28th 2018 - 08:07 UTC

    Ushuaia looking ahead to a great 2018/19 Antarctica cruise season

    The Antarctica season will officially take off next 7 October when “Kapitan Khlebnikov” from Quark Expeditions calls at Ushuaia.

    Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego province in the extreme south of Argentina will again be the main hub for Antarctica cruises with an estimated 284 calls involving 36 vessels, according to the provincial Tourism Institute. Overall Ushuaia will receive 375 calls, (Antarctica and non Antarctica cruises) totaling some 120.000 visitors.

  • Thursday, June 14th 2018 - 07:24 UTC

    Antarctica ice sheet melting faster than expected, adding 0.6mm to sea level every year

    Antarctica stores enough water to raise global sea levels by 58 meters, and has contributed 7.6mm since 1992, according to the research published in Nature.

    The Antarctic ice sheet has lost more than 2,500 billion tons of ice in the past 25 years and nearly half of that has happened since 2012. An international team of polar scientists found that melting in Antarctica has jumped sharply from an average of 76 billion tons per year prior to 2012, to around 219 billion tones each year between 2012 and 2017.

  • Thursday, May 31st 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    Japanese whale hunt slaughters 122 pregnant minke whales

    The latest figures show that of 333 minke Antarctic whales killed last summer, 181 were females. Some 122 females, or 67%, were pregnant.

    More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica's Southern Ocean, new documents show, reigniting calls to step up efforts to stop the annual killing spree. A further 114 immature whales were killed as part of the so-called “scientific” whaling program, according to meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission's scientific committee meeting this month.