2018-2019 USAP Field Season
NOAA / AMLR
Dr. George Watters
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Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries' Antarctic Marine Living Resources (AMLR) program supports the development of US policy regarding the conservation and management of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean. For the past 25 years, the AMLR field program has been conducted in the vicinity of Elephant Island, the South Shetland Islands, and the Antarctic Peninsula during the austral summer. This austral summer, researchers will participate on two cruises aboard the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) to continue testing newly developed US AMLR sampling techniques using autonomous technology. The broad-scale survey will be augmented to better understand the small-scale patterns of krill distribution in relation to circulation and to understand habitat use in enclosed bays.
Field Season Overview
The team will deploy six subsurface moorings and two Slocum gliders from the LMG in December 2018 and will recover them in March 2019. Deployment and recovery operations will coincide with Cape Shirreff field camp opening and closing cruises. Two team members will sail on the deployment cruise and two on the recovery cruise. The Cape Shirreff field camp team will be available to assist as needed.
Deploying Team Members