Monday, January 24, 2011

US Celebrates 25 years of Antarctic Marine Research

The US' Southwest Fisheries Research Center is celebrating 25 years of researching krill, whales, and everything in between. It takes a lot of hard work to obtain data on Antarctic marine species - months at sea, long hours - but the time invested results in vital information that can help policymakers manage the Southern Ocean. As a side bonus, however, you might get to see an albatross skimming along the ocean surface, or whales spyhopping and breaching. And given the remoteness of the Antarctic, I imagine that scientists get the added thrill of feeling like explorers in uncharted territory. Congratulations to the Southwest Fisheries Research Center and all the government-sponsored research programs that have helped us understand the Southern Ocean better.

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