Birdlife International held a webinar on 11 March 2021 to highlight their work to protect the high seas. In particular, do look out for the work they are doing to protect the albatrosses that breed on South Georgia. One of the speakers is Stephanie Prince, who spent time as a biologist at both Bird Island and King Edward Point, and is now High Seas Programme Manager at Birdlife International. The South Georgia Association’s Initiative Fund has recently contributed to their work in the Far East, engaging with Japanese fishers to try and reduce seabird mortality in their fishery.
The South Georgia Heritage Trust and the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust are holding a joint talk at 1900-2100 GMT on Wednesday March 3 2021. Three of the world’s experts in the study and conservation of whales in the Southern Ocean will discuss the history, science and current efforts to conserve these important species on our planet. The speakers are:
- Bjørn Basberg, Norwegian School of Economics
- Ted Cheeseman, Southern Cross University
- Jennifer Jackson, British Antarctic Survey
And the event is free, though donations to the two charities would be welcome.
An online talk on Shackleton has been organised by the Gilbert White and Oates Collection. Shackleton’s Endurance Adventure – revisited will be presented on 4 March at 1900 GMT by John Dudeney OBE and costs £5.
“This talk provides a new historical perspective on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s amazing adventure in the Weddell Sea – of brave hopes, hopes dashed, shipwreck and castaway, and ultimate survival. But in doing so, it will draw on previously unknown information from a century ago held in the UK National Archives which was recently uncovered by the speaker and his co-workers. The documents so discovered throw a rather different light the behaviour of both Shackleton and the British Government than the popular accounts provide. This is particularly the case concerning the attempts to find out what had happened to Shackleton and his men, and then, when he reappeared in the Falklands, to rescue the castaways on Elephant Island. It will also bring the “forgotten” men of the Ross Sea party into the limelight.”
A grant has been awarded to assist this project by the use of social media to raise awareness of the impact of fisheries bycatch on South Georgian albatrosses. It aims to conduct public outreach in Japan and put pressure on government, tuna and other fisheries stakeholders to take action to reduce albatross bycatch.…