Since the late 1990s, NPI has conducted monitoring of krill-predators on Bouvetøya to tell us about ecosystem form and function. This programme is a national obligation in service of CCAMLR (The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources).
The island is in a region of the Southern Ocean which received very little fishing effort, making it an ideal location to characterise predator performance in the absence of fishing. Research expeditions have recently come into a three-year cycle of field effort. The flighted bird, penguin and fur seal CEMP monitoring also affords the opportunity for research programmes on the island, which currently include:
- Feeding specialists, or flexible foragers?
- Circumpolar genetic structure of two Southern Ocean predators, the Antarctic fur seal and the macaroni penguin
- What males want: adult male Antarctic fur seal foraging ecology throughout the Southern Ocean
- Now they do, now they don’t: Inter-decadal patterns of resource exploitation in two sympatrically breeding penguin species