The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) invites applications for funding from scientific researchers who can aid in determining the impact of the krill fishing industry on the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Such research will serve to ensure ecosystem protection, while improving the management basis for the fishery.
AWR aims to improve the science-based understanding of the role of krill in the Antarctic ecosystem and the scientific basis for krill fishery management. The commercial fishery for Antarctic krill is currently managed under a series of conservation measures issued by CCAMLR.
The Science Advisory Group (SAG) of the AWR will evaluate and prioritise scientific research proposals received by the fund to ensure they are in line with the scientific research plan established by the SAG and the priorities agreed for this call for proposals.
The call is made for projects in the order of US$50,000 to US$100,000. AWR’s third call for proposals will allocate up to a total sum of US$100,000.
Launched in February 2015, AWR is a first-of-its-kind partnership between industry, academia and non-government organisations (NGOs) to facilitate and promote research on the Antarctic ecosystem. AWR believes that only through better understanding of the role of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean will it be possible to comprehensively protect the animals that depend on it for survival and ensure precautionary management of the fishery.
AWR’s founding partners include representatives of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), WWF-Norway and Aker BioMarine.
The AWR call for proposals opened on March 24, 2017 and closes on June 23rd, 2017.
For more information, including application forms, see the AWR website.
Related CCAMLR news items:
- Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) to announce new projects to CCAMLR community (6 October 2016)
- Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund 2nd call for project proposals (22 March 2016)
- Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund announced (26 February 2015)