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Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division News

Press releases and news articles from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center’s Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division.

Penguins A gentoo penguin breeding colony at the Copacabana field station on King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Receives Engineering Award for New Antarctic Field Camp 

May 23, 2024

Three new camp buildings sit in the lower left corner of a dirt plane. In the background is the ocean and several large icebergs. The sky is blue and hazy.
The completed Holt Watters Field Camp at Cape Shirreff. The first two buildings, the galley and the bunk house, were completed in 2023. The fur seal laboratory-the building in the foreground with the flat roof-was completed this season. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

NOAA scientists–—along with construction partners—were recognized for their exceptional logistics and their dedication and tenacity in challenging Antarctic environments.

NOAA Fisheries receives engineering award 

2 adult fur seals, 2 pups, on a beach in Antarctica
Antarctic fur seals at Cape Shirreff, Livingston Island, Antarctica. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Sergio Morales. MMPA permit number: 25786.

An Isolated Population of Antarctic Fur Seals Could Save the Species, but They’re Disappearing

May 12, 2021

Losing fur seals from the South Shetland Islands means losing crucial genetic diversity the species may need to adapt to rapid climate change.

New Study by NOAA Fisheries Antarctic Scientists

Study by NOAA Fisheries Antarctic Scientists Among Journal’s Top 100 Ecology Papers of 2020

November 10, 2021

By targeting Antarctic krill hotspots, the krill fishery can have outsized negative impacts on penguins while still remaining under the catch limit.

New study by NOAA Fisheries Antarctic scientists

New Data Show That Penguins in Antarctica May Prefer Dining with Friends to Dining Alone

October 10,  2021

Researchers attached video cameras to penguins and obtained some of the first footage of penguins synchronously swimming, diving, and feeding for several hours.

New data show that penguins in Antarctica may prefer dining with friends to dining alone

Antarctic Fishing for Krill, Even at “Precautionary” Levels, Still Affects Penguins

February 19, 2020

Fishing for krill in the Southern Ocean, even at low levels, can affect the reproduction and growth of penguins that also depend on krill.

How fishing for krill affects penguins

Camera system in place in an Adélie and gentoo penguin colony. Admiralty Bay, January 2018.

Remote Camera Network Tracks Antarctic Species at Low Cost

May 16, 2018

The team of scientists from NOAA Fisheries and several other nations published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution, descriptions of the camera system, and a new method for turning static images into useful data on the timing and success of penguin reproduction. 

Scientists use remote camera network to track Antarctic species at low cost

Scientists Track Antarctic Penguins Using Chemical Signatures

August 09, 2017

A new method of tracking the general migrations of large populations of wildlife without the time and expense involved in tagging animals is particularly suited to large remote areas such as Antarctica, said Jefferson Hinke, a research fisheries biologist in NOAA Fisheries’ Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla. 

See how scientists are tracking Antarctic penguins using chemical signatures

Last updated by Southwest Fisheries Science Center on May 23, 2024