A member organization founded in 1991 to advocate, promote and practice
safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic.
Enhancing navigation in polar waters: IAATO and The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings collected by ships in Antarctica and the Arctic. Read More
Penguin Post Office: IAATO are pleased to announce that Penguin Post Office, a BBC Natural World production filmed at Port Lockroy, will be screened in the UK on 24 July on BBC2 at 8pm. Port Lockroy Post Office and museum is situated on the Antarctic Peninsula and managed by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT). The film captures the daily lives of the 2000 gentoo penguins that return to breed each year on the island, one of the most popular sites visited by IAATO member operators in Antarctica. IAATO has long supported the conservation work of the UKAHT and is proud to have assisted with the making of this film. Read More
Berserk Skipper Convicted: IAATO commends the Nord-Troms District Court for convicting Jarle Andhøy of violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. Andhøy, skipper of the ill-fated yacht Berserk that went missing on 21 February, 2011 in the Ross Sea, Antarctica with the loss of three crew members, was ordered to pay a fine of 45,000 NOK (7000 USD) on 23 June, 2014. Read More
IAATO was delighted to attend a special event organized by the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust at the House of Commons in London on 16 June to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Operation Tabarin. IAATO supports the conservation work of the Trust on the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More
From left: Dave Fletcher, Hapag-Lloyd; Karin Strand, Hurtigruten; Lisa Kelley, Lindblad Expeditions; Amanda Lynnes, IAATO; Skip Novak, Pelagic Expeditions; Rachel Morgan, Director, UKAHT; Ulrike Schultzen, Hapag-Lloyd.
Annual Meeting 2014: IAATO met in Providence, RI from 27-29 May for their 25th gathering of members. As at previous meetings, the goal was to review the past year and discuss current and future issues for the Antarctic tourism industry in line with the association's mission to advocate, promote and practice safe and environmentally responsible tourism. On 30 May, an additional workshop was held on Adventure Activities and Risk Management in Antarctica. Read More
2013-2014 tourism figures: IAATO announced its tourism figures for the 2013-2014 season, on the first day of it's 25th Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. The total numbers of visitors travelling to Antarctica, with IAATO members, was 37,405, an increase of 9% compared to the previous season. Levels of visitation have been increasing modestly since 2011-2012, but are still considerably less than the peak of 46, 265 during the 2007-2008 austral summer. Read More
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Click on a Penguin for Conservation!
Penguin Lifelines, a research project supported by IAATO, is using a platform called Zooniverse to allow volunteers to participate in real science. Interested members of the public can view time lapse imagery from Penguin Lifelines, and other researchers, online and help extract data by clicking on penguins. Read More
Can a Healthy Fishery Exist Without Ecosystem Damage?
Get the Facts: Non-Native Species in Antarctica
Non-native species are those species that do not naturally occur in an area and have been introduced either intentionally or unintentionally. A wide range of non-native species now occur in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic islands. Read More
Promoting the Legacy of Antarctic Science
Rachel Morgan, Director of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, writes on the collaborative effort between UKAHT and IAATO to conserve historic scientific huts on the Antarctic Peninsula. Read More
Analysis Reveal Chinstrap Penguins in Decline at Deception Island
In a paper published in Polar Biology in late August 2012, researchers from the Antarctic Site Inventory confirmed significant declines in the breeding population of chinstrap penguins in the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula. The Baily Head decline is consistent with other areas, including sites that receive little or no tourism. Read More
Challenges to the Future Conservation of the Antarctic
Changing environments and resource demands present serious challenges to the future conservation of Antarctic, according to a policy forum piece in the July 2012 issue of Science magazine. The goal of the work is to assist decision-makers in identifying and developing effective policies that can address these challenges. Read More
IAATO Supports Findings of Study on Antarctic Invasive Species
IAATO was pleased to participate in a detailed study outlining the risks related to the inadvertent introduction of foreign plants into the Antarctic environment. Authored by an international team of scientists led by Prof. Steven Chown, the study appeared in the March 2012 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Read More
Climate Change in Antarctica: Understanding the Facts
Recognizing that climate change is a significant threat to the Antarctic environment, IAATO and its members continue to raise awareness, motivate behavioral change and inspire their passengers on this issue. Read more, and download the multi-language pamphlet based on the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment report.