2009 AMLR Field Season successfully completed

NOAA's Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division successfully completed its 23rd U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) Program field season in the Southern Ocean. The scientific team's annual research includes studies of the distribution and abundance of Antarctic krill, as well as the breeding success and foraging ecology of Antarctic predators that depend on krill, such as Antarctic fur seals, penguins, and cetaceans. A survey of demersal finfish is also completed every two to three years. This year's research included a demersal finfish and benthic community composition survey, and was expanded in various ways, including the addition of a photographic and video imagery system used to document benthic communities around the South Orkney Island and Antarctic Peninsula. Scientists also collected a month's worth of data on leopard seal foraging location, the first data of its kind to be collected for leopard seals. For more information on the research done in the field, visit /contentblock.aspx?Division=AERD&id=13620 for a field season summary and weekly reports of the research completed at each site.