2017-2018 Science Planning Summaries
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2017-2018 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

Cape Shirreff

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Program Manager:
Mr. Tim McGovern

ASC POC/Implementer:
Matthew Erickson / Cara Ferrier

Principal Investigator

Dr. Michael Edward Goebel

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center
La Jolla, California

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Supporting Stations: Special Project
Research Locations: Livingston Island


Cape Shirreff is located on Livingston Island in Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) 149. The facility at this site, also referred to as Cape Shirreff, is operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), specifically under the Antarctic Marine Living Resource (AMLR) program of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFC). Cape Shirreff currently supports a NOAA-funded project conducting marine-mammal research. The facility was built in the 1996-97 austral summer at NSF direction by Antarctic Support Associates, the NSF Antarctic contractor at that time. Since then it has been NOAA occupied with USAP support limited to personnel transport and camp openings and closings.

Field Season Overview

Each season the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) supports the Cape Shirreff camp opening, one mid-season participant turnover and resupply, and the camp closing. The camp is scheduled to open in late October and close around mid-March. The turnover/resupply mission is tentatively scheduled for January. USAP support includes small boat operations from the LMG, ASC ship personnel and science volunteers to help open and close the camp, and cargo transport for camp supplies and waste.

Deploying Team Members

  • Naira de Garcia
  • Michael Goebel (PI)
  • Douglas Krause (Co-PI)
  • Sam Woodman