The Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division began the 25th field season of AMLR Program research in the South Shetland Islands on October 10, 2010. The 25th year of the AMLR Program continues the tradition of comprehensive ecosystem-based research in support of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.
This year the Program will operate two field stations, one at Cape Shirreff on Livingston Island and another at Copacabana on King George Island, and will board the R/V Moana Wave to complete an oceanographic survey following the historic AMLR grid. In addition, the Program plans to begin initial deployment of a Tucker Trawl to incorporate the study of pelagic fish into its ecosystem research. It will also complete the second year of overwinter predator foraging studies using CTD, PTT and solar tags deployed on pinniped and penguin species. Finally, the Program will engage K-12 classrooms across the nation in a virtual research mission in Antarctica through email correspondence, photos, and Q&A that are incorporated into each school's science curriculum.
For more information on our field season, please visit: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/aerd-field/
For up-to-date information on our overwinter tagging program, visit: http://swfsc.noaa.gov/AntarcticPredators
We are looking forward to a productive season. We will continue to update our website throughout the field season with weekly reports and photos from the field, our oceanographic survey trackline, and predator foraging tracks. Visit often for our most current information.