Better understanding of climate change and setting accurate, sustainable catch limits for krill were two of the benefits that came from data collected in the 10-week ‘Baseline Research on Oceanography, Krill and the Environment — West’ (BROKE-West) voyage on RV Aurora Australis.

Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE-CRC) and Deakin University studied ocean currents, phytoplankton, krill, seabirds and whales in a voyage that left Fremantle on 2 January 2006.

You can read twice-weekly reports from voyage leader Dr Steve Nicol as he sailed adjacent to a rarely-visited stretch of the Antarctic coastline, between 30° and 80° east, and in an oceanic region overseen by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

You can also learn more about the projects of this marine science voyage and how studying the Southern Ocean can benefit our understanding of climate change and living populations.