Penguins die in ‘catastrophic’ Antarctic breeding season

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It is the second inauspicious deteriorate for the southern penguins in 5 years

All but two Adelie penguin chicks have carnivorous to death in their easterly Antarctic colony, in a breeding deteriorate described as “catastrophic” by experts.

It was caused by scarcely high amounts of ice late in the season, definition adults had to transport serve for food.

It is the second bad deteriorate in 5 years after no chicks survived in 2015.

Conservation groups are job for obligatory movement on a new sea insurance area in the easterly Antarctic to strengthen the cluster of about 36,000.

WWF says a anathema on krill fishing in the area would eliminate their foe and help to secure the presence of Antarctic species, including the Adelie penguins.

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Adelie penguins graphic at the French monitoring hire in Dumont d’Urville in easterly Antarctica

WWF have been ancillary investigate with French scientists in the segment monitoring penguin numbers given 2010.

The insurance offer will be discussed at a assembly on Monday of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

The Commission is done up of the 25 members and the European Union.


Adelie penguin breeding habits

  • Adelie penguins are the many southerly breeding bird in the world.
  • They are found along the Antarctic coast, and multiply from Oct to February
  • They typically lay two eggs in nests done of stones, and relatives take turns to breed the eggs
  • Breeding adults may have to transport up to 30-75 miles (50-120 km) to locate food to then heave for their chicks
  • See some-more on Adelie Penguins

Source: National Geographic and Antarctica.gov.au


“This harmful eventuality contrasts with the picture that many people competence have of penguins,” Rod Downie, Head of Polar Programmes at WWF, said.

“The risk of opening up this area to exploratory krill fisheries, which would contest with the Adelie penguins for food as they redeem from two inauspicious breeding failures in 4 years, is unthinkable.

“So CCAMLR needs to act now by adopting a new Marine Protected Area for the waters off easterly Antarctica, to strengthen the home of the penguins.”

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