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After a winter trip to Antarctica, I want to protect it even more

THREATS TO KRILL, PENGUINS, AND OTHER SPECIES SHOW THE NEED TO SAFEGUARD THE SOUTHERN OCEAN

The coast of Antarctica is a breathtaking kaleidoscope of ever-shifting light and colors. In the twilight of the austral winter, for a few hours every day, the sea ice turns a fiery orange as shadow puppets trace the cracks across slow-moving waves. Snow-covered peaks turn from dark blue to fluorescent pink during the sun’s fleeting appearances above the horizon.  Penguins pop in and out of the water on their way to forage, while crabeater seals haul out on the ice to rest.

My first encounter with sea ice and Antarctica’s jagged coastline came last August, when I joined a group of experts on a U.S. National Science Foundation research vessel for a monthlong voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula. Led by the Antarctic Marine Living Resources program at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our crew gathered data during the austral winter to better understand how populations of krill—tiny shrimplike crustaceans that are the main food source for many species of penguins, seals, and whales—are being altered by factors such as climate change and declining sea ice.

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International Conference: Antarctica Today and Tomorrow (Paris)

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the distant land of Antarctica.

Coinciding with the first anniversary of the death of French polar conservation leader Michel Rocard and in recognition of France’s leadership for the protection of Antarctica, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition is hosting a one-day conference in Paris on June 29th.…

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The Antarctic tourism industry needs to speak up

Antarctic tour operators have a significant stake in keeping the Antarctic environment pristine, but they’ll need to exercise some political muscle if they want a say in Antarctica’s future. As the only continent without citizens, Antarctica needs the tourist industry to speak up for marine protection. 

By Ricardo Roura

Antarctica’s abundant wildlife, clean seas, and unfettered horizons are what makes the Antarctic experience unique.…

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What happens when it starts snowing on the world’s driest continent?

Antarctic wildlife expert Dr. Rodolfo Werner is sailing the Southern Ocean with the world’s best photographers and filmmakers…. They are on a mission to inspire the world to protect the Antarctic Peninsula. In his latest dispatch, Rodolfo comprehends the full impact of climate change on Antarctica’s krill, penguins, and seals.

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Diary of my journey to the Antarctic Peninsula

Together with some of the world’s best wildlife photographers and filmmakers, penguin expert Rodolfo Werner is on a mission to protect the vibrant waters around the Antarctic Peninsula. In this first dispatch from aboard the Hans Hansson, Rodolfo discovers the love of an elephant seal and walks in the footsteps of Antarctica’s intrepid explorers.…

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Share your love for Antarctica’s less popular creatures this Valentines

Valentine’s week is a great time to show your loved ones you care; a day to show the appreciation you feel but might not show or say the rest of the year. ASOC Executive Director Claire Christian points out that humans aren’t the only ones who need extra affection.

Antarctic animals, living far away in the Southern Ocean, are often forgotten.…

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Why CCAMLR Should Safeguard More Penguin Habitat in Antarctica

ADDING PROTECTED AREAS IN THE SOUTHERN OCEAN WOULD HELP NUMEROUS SPECIES, AND GLOBAL FISHERIES

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5 beautiful pics to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day

Today is Penguin Awareness Day, so we thought we would celebrate with five amazing snaps of penguin species that live on Antarctica and in its surrounding waters.

1. The humble Emperor. The largest of all penguins, the Emperor penguin is the only penguin species to breed on sea ice during Antarctica’s dark and frigid winter.…

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It’s not every day we receive a letter like this

It’s not every day that we receive government letters thanking us for bombarding them with a petition, but that’s exactly what happened last week. The UK Polar Regions Department sent us a letter with the royal seal. It reads:

We have received a number of e-mails generated by your website addressed to the Secretary of State, Minister Johnson, encouraging the UK to continue to advocate for the creation of a system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean.…

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At a time of great global uncertainty, the agreement to protect Antarctica’s oceans is a glimmer of hope

One year from now on December 1st 2017, the Ross Sea, off the coast of Antarctica in the Southern Ocean, will be officially protected in the world’s first large-scale marine protected area in international waters. When the world seems increasingly divided and polarised, it is inspiring that major geopolitical players like the United States, Russia, China, the EU and twenty-one other countries joined together to agree by consensus to protect this special place.

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