Antarctic specially protected area

Antarctic Specially Protected Area
1. Protected Area name and number: ASPA 128
Western Shore of Admiralty Bay, King George Island, South Shetland Islands

2. Name and address of Authority issuing permit: Contra-Almirante Jose Eduardo Borges de Souza
A few days from November
Secretaria da Comissão Interministerial para os Recursos do Mar 15th, 2005 to February 14th,
Esplanada dos Ministérios – Bloco N Anexo B 3º andar 4. Name and Institution of Principal Permit Holder:
Rosalinda Carmela Montone
University of São Paulo, Oceanographic Institute
5. List all persons to visit the Area under the current Permit and corresponding dates:
ANA PAULA BERTOLDI CARNEIRO: 15/11/05 to 17/01/2006
SILVIO TAROU SASAKI: 15/11 to 10/12/2005
JOSÉ NELSON BARRETA FILHO: 15/11 to 10/12/2005
ROSALINDA CARMELA MONTONE: 10/12/2005 to 17/01/2006
CAIO VINÍCIUS ZECCHIN CIPRO: 10/12/2005 to 17/01/2006
CARLOS EDUARDO PAES FURTADO: 10/12/2005 to 17/01/2006
RUBENS CÉSAR LOPES FIQUEIRA: 17/01/2006 to 14/02/2006
LUIZ EDUARDO CONSIGLIO: 17/01/2006 to 14/02/2006
6. Project Title:
Environmental Management of the Admiralty Bay, King George Island, Antarctica: Sewage Pollution
and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
7. Brief descriptions of the Project:
This research project aims to investigate human impacts in the Admiralty Bay with special focus on
local sewage pollution and long-range transport of POPs into the Antarctic environment.
8. Research Project objectives for the Area:
This research project aims to assess the contamination status of seabirds and marine mammals in
the ASPA 128 with regard to persistent organic pollutants (e.g. PCBs, PBDEs, chlorinated

9. Activities to be conducted in the Area:
Field trips to look for dead animals including seabirds and marine mammals; sampling of various
tissues from dead animals found in field trips; visit to breeding areas of birds to look for and collect
unhatched eggs as well as dead chicks.

Antarctic Specially Protected Area
10. Detailed justification of the need to be in the Area, including the discussion of the alternatives:
In the Admiralty Bay, breeding areas of Adélie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) and Gentoo Penguin
(Pygoscelis papua
) are only found in the ASPA 128. In addition, it is pretty hard to find dead animals
along the shoreline. Field trips to areas with high density of animals such as the ASPA 128
substantially increase the probability of recovering dead animals for tissue sampling. Alternatively,

we might visit nests of McCormick’s Skua (Catharacta maccormicki), Antarctic Skua (Catharacta
), Dominican Gull (Larus dominicanus) and Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata) only outside the
ASPA 128.
11. Information demonstrating that the proposed activity will not damage the unique natural
ecological system that makes the area an ASPA:
In compliance with the Management Plan for ASPA 128 no living animals, plant material, poultry
product or chemicals will be introduced into the area.

12. Measures taken during this visit to ensure compliance with the Management Plan:
Field trips will not jeopardize either the ecosystem or scientific values of the area; copy of the
permits will be carried during field trips; access to the area will be made by Zodiac boats;
unnecessary disturbance to animals and damage of vegetation will be avoided at all times; a report

of activities conducted in the area will be submitted to the authority named in the permit.
13. Any other comments or information:
No further comments.
The applicant declares to be responsible for the given information and is aware of: the terms of the Management Plan for the Antarctic Specially Protected Area; the need to always carry this permit, while inside the Area; and the commitment of presenting a Visit Report at the end of the visit. The applicant is allowed to collect animals (seabirds and marine mammals) which are found dead by natural causes, for sampling of tissues, and are also allowed to visit breeding areas of birds to look for and collect unhatched eggs and dead chicks, as long as it is done together with a specialist in the area, and that all care is taken to avoid disturbance of the animals of the visited colonies. _________________________________________ _________________________________________ _________________________________________


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