NZ: Antarctic science voyage launched –

NZ: Antarctic science voyage launched Published:  05 February, 2008

Helen Clark

NEW Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark has launched a major scientific voyage to Antarctica, as part of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML) and International Polar Year (IPY).

Twenty-six scientists and 18 crew will leave this week on the eight-week voyage aboard RV Tangaroa.

The voyage aims to conduct a major biological survey of the Ross Sea to find out what makes the marine environment tick. Scientists will explore a variety of life forms living at the sea-surface to the sea-bed and will sample and film the seabed at depths of up to 4000m, in areas not previously explored.

The data captured will provide baseline information from the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea environment that can be used to help monitor the effects of climate change in the Ross Sea region.

The project is a major collaboration between the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Antarctica New Zealand, Te Papa, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), and New Zealand universities. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.