The Antarctic Wildlife Research fund (AWR) facilitates and promotes research on the Antarctic ecosystem. Over the past months, the AWR’s Science Advisory Group (SAG) has evaluated eight scientific research proposals, ensuring the projects are in line with the fund's criteria.
AWR's mission is to fill critical gaps in research and monitoring to improve the management of the Antarctic krill fishery. Projects funded will help resolve scientific uncertainties about krill and the broader ecosystem in the Southern Ocean.
On September 19th, in its annual meeting, the AWR Board reviewed the SAG evaluation and decided the projects to be funded.
The third grant recipients are:
- “Rapid unsupervised automated krill density estimation from fishing vessels (Rapid-Krill).” This project will be led by Sophie Fielding from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and her fellow researchers from BAS, Institute of Marine Research (Norway) and Yellow Sea Fishery Research Institution (China).
- “Reconstructing mesopelagic fish populations from biological samplers: a missing link in ecosystem-based feedback management.” This project will be led by Ronald S. Kaufmann from the University of San Diego, in cooperation with researchers from Southwest Fisheries Science Center (USA).
- “Concurrent assessment of baleen whale and krill distribution along the West Antarctic Peninsula using state-of-the-art census techniques in a synchronized sampling effort.” This project is led by Helena Herr from the University of Hamburg, in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Hamburg and from the Alfred-Wegner Institute (Germany).
AWR was established in 2015 by Aker BioMarine, the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and WWF-Norway. Since its inception, AWR has funded in total eight research projects, with three projects receiving funds in 2015, two in 2016 and three in 2017.