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Avian Influenza Response 2022-23

Essential Reading for Those Operating South This Season

Due to the increase of Avian Influenza elsewhere in the world, the Antarctic community is heightening its vigilance with regards to operations South this season. Here’s what you need to know:

Since the beginning of 2022, the increasing intensity of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 outbreaks has resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere, around the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and southern Africa. HPAI has also caused elevated grey and harbour seal mortalities in the United States.

Polar stakeholders, from Antarctic Treaty parties to scientists, researchers and IAATO already have robust procedures in place to protect Antarctica from pathogens and non-native species, but due to the increase of Avian Influenza elsewhere in the world, we are all exercising enhanced caution this season.

In consultation with the SCAR Antarctic Wildlife Health Working Group (AWHWG), additional protocols for the 2022-23 season have been introduced to IAATO’s standard biosecurity procedures. These protocols are mandatory for all IAATO Operators and staff operating in Antarctica. They are also likely to evolve.

We’ll be updating this page as as more information and guidance regarding (HPAI) H5N1 becomes available, so please check back regularly.

Help Your Guests to Understand & Embrace the New Biosecurity Procedures for 2022-23.

Manage the expectations of your guests by providing some basic information and context about the new protocols this season. The IAATO Response to Avian Influenza: Information for Visitors can be downloaded and shared with guests prior to their expedition, or printed and displayed in common areas during your voyage. We’ve also prepared some Avian Influenza FAQs to help you answer any questions you may receive from your guests.

In addition, a gallery of Avian Influenza images can be found below. These images can be used (with appropriate credit) in the mandatory briefings onboard to help guests better understand and embrace the new procedures. Find them available to download at the bottom of the page. A selection of the images have been sent directly to the IAATO Fleet as well.

Download IAATO's response to Avian Influenza: Information for Visitors

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