CCAMLR congratulates recipients of this year's Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) grants.
Projects which have been awarded funding in the third call for research proposals will be presented by AWR to delegates at this year's CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee Meetings.
Over the past three months, AWR’s Science Advisory Group (SAG) evaluated eight scientific research proposals. The SAG based the evaluation of each proposal on the priorities for this call along with criteria previously published on the AWR website, including: excellence, fit to scheme, cost effectiveness, and track record. Selected projects will be presented to the CCAMLR community at a special lunch event in Hobart on Wednesday 18 October 2017.
The projects to which AWR will grant funds this year are:
- Rapid unsupervised automated Krill density estimation from fishing vessels (Rapid-Krill). The 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) - US$93 350
- Reconstructing mesopelagic fish populations from biological samplers: a missing link in ecosystem based feedback management. The project will be led by Ronald S. Kaufmann from the University of San Diego, in cooperation with researchers from Southwest Fisheries Science Center (USA) - US$49 796
- 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. The project is led by Helena Herr from the University of Hamburg, in collaboration with other researchers from the University of Hamburg and from Alfred-Wegner Institute (Germany)- US$52 562
See the AWR website for further information.