Tasmanian Polar Network Directory Fourth Edition - Page 11



AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
The Bureau of Meteorology has a statutory
responsibility for Australian meteorological
activities in Antarctica.
It established a weather observing station
at Australia’s Mawson base in 1954, and has
compiled the longest continuous weather
record on the Antarctic continent.
The Bureau maintains weather offices
and year round observation programs at
the three Australian Antarctic stations as
well as at Macquarie Island station, with the
meteorological activities of all the offices
coordinated by the Bureau’s Tasmania
and Antarctica State Office which is
located in Hobart.
The Bureau provides a range of specialised
Antarctic forecasting services to the
Australian Antarctic Program, including
providing weather forecasts for all its air,
sea and land-based operations. Some of
these operations are performed by our
meteorologists at Casey and Davis stations
during summer.
The Bureau can also provide comprehensive
information on Antarctic climate data
and weather forecasts and observations
for the region.
The range of information includes:
• satellite imagery
• a catalogue of Antarctic climate data
• the latest observations from Australia’s
Antarctic stations (updated hourly)
• mean sea level pressure and ocean
wave height data.
In addition to its statutory and other
government functions, the Bureau can
provide specialist weather forecasting
services to vessels at rates negotiated on a
case-by-case basis.
J O H N B A L LY
P.
E.
W.
+61 (0) 3 6221 2001
J.Bally@bom.gov.au
www.bom.gov.au
AUSTRALIAN LONGLINE
Australian Longline, an innovative deep
water fishing company based in Hobart,
owns two longline vessels; the Antarctic
Chieftain and the Antarctic Discovery.
Both vessels operate in some of the harshest
marine environments on earth between the
50th parallel and the Antarctic coastline,
enduring icy conditions and terrible storms
which in turn can be underpinned by the
notorious, relentless Southern Ocean swell.
The Patagonian Toothfish that finally appears
on the plate is testimony to the work ethic
of our teams. This fish is one of the world’s
great seafood delicacies, sought after for
its firm, white flesh. The fisheries in which
the company operates are managed
in accordance with ecosystem-based
measures set by the Commission for the
Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living
Resources (CCAMLR) and the Australian
Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA).
Full-time government observers are on
board to monitor its practices, study the fish
biology and continually assess fish stocks.
The high environmental standards that
are delivered by our company and crews,
combined with an ecosystem-based
and precautionary approach to stock
assessments have enabled the fisheries
in which we operate to become certified
as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship
Council (MSC). Australian Longline has
also been a partner in the drive to protect
the fishery from illegal, unregulated and
unrecorded (IUU) operators by working
closely with Government and conservation
groups and as an active member of the
Coalition of Legal Toothfish Operators
(COLTO).
MALCOLM MCNEILL
P.
E.
W.
+61 (0) 3 6244 2609
mm@australianlongline.com.au
www.australianlongline.com.au
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