This year CCAMLR will contribute two events to Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology, National Science Week. Featuring more than 1 000 events around the country, the festival runs each August.
An interactive session for school children will explore Antarctic krill biology, ecology and resource conservation and a public seminar in the evening will also include a discussion of the latest research into krill oil as a human health supplement.
Dr Rob King from the Australian Antarctic Division will show students live krill in a special refrigerated tank and guide them through an interactive experience of discovery. Nicole Hellessey from the University of Tasmania’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies will discuss her research on how krill produce oil. Members of the CCAMLR Secretariat science team will discuss their roles in research and monitoring as it applies to management of the krill fishery.
At the public event in the evening, participants will find out why Hobart, Australia, is considered to be the global centre of krill science and krill fishery management. They will also learn how each of the relevant institutions is connected through international scientific and government networks.
Dr So Kawaguchi from Australian Antarctic Division will talk about his research on krill biology and ecology and Dr Laura Laslett from the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research will discuss her research on the medicinal value of krill oil.
Science Manager for the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), Dr Keith Reid, will outline how fishing for krill is regulated by this international body and how fishing limits are informed by the best available scientific studies on krill and their ecosystems.
All are invited to come along, listen to the experts, ask questions and see live krill in custom-made refrigerated tanks!
Free tickets to the public event on 16 August at 6:00 pm are available online.
Special guest speakers at the public event
Dr Keith Reid, Science Manager for CCAMLR, whose interest is in assessing krill population sustainability and monitoring broader ecological implications of changes in krill numbers and distribution;
Dr Laura Laslett, musculoskeletal epidemiologist and NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania, whose research focuses on osteoarthritic pain and; and
Dr So Kawaguchi, krill biologist with the Australian Antarctic Division and part of the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre’s Biological Responses to Environment Change project.
A video of the 'Krill connections' presentations is available on YouTube.