2020-2021 Science Planning Summaries
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2020-2021 USAP Field Season
Project Detail

Project Title

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Antarctic Marine Living Resource (NOAA/AMLR) Program Cape Shirreff Camp Support

An adult female leopard seal in the foreground of the NOAA AMLR research camp at Cape Shirreff. This photo was taken in accordance with MMPA Permit #20599.
Photo by: McKenzie Mudge
X-591-L Research Location(s): Livingston Island


Event Number:

Program Manager:
Mr. Tim McGovern

ASC POC/Implementer:
David Rivera / Cara Ferrier

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Douglas John Krause
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
AMLR - Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division (SW Fisheries Sci Ctr)
La Jolla, California


Supporting Stations: ARSV Laurence M. Gould
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 owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is maintained and operated by NOAA with support from the National Science Foundation. Specifically, research is conducted by the Antarctic Marine Living Resource (AMLR) program of NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFC). Cape Shirreff currently supports a NOAA-funded project conducting seabird and marine mammal research. The facility was built in the 1996-97 austral summer at NOAA direction and supported by Antarctic Support Associates, the NSF Antarctic contractor at that time.

Field Season Overview

Each season the ARSV Laurence M. Gould (LMG) supports Cape Shirreff camp opening and closing operations. In 2020-21 the camp is scheduled to open in early- to mid-December and close around early February. USAP expedition participants, which include both contractors and science team members will assist camp operations by providing labor for cargo transport to and from the field camp. Camp support require use of the USAP small boats. USAP will also support several days of support at the Copacabana field camp on King George Island. In addition to field camp support, the NOAA Cape Shirreff science team will assist ASC personnel in deploying seven subsurface moorings for the NOAA event (B-006-L).

Deploying Team Members

  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Jefferson Hinke (Co-PI)
  • Douglas Krause (PI)
  • Douglas Krause (PI)
  • Douglas Krause (PI)
  • David Wang
  • David Wang
  • David Wang