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Thousands of baby penguins starve to death in Antarctica

Thousands of baby penguins starve to death in Antarctica”

French scientists, supported by WWF, have been studying a colony of 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in East Antarctica since 2010 and discovered only two chicks survived the most recent breeding season in early 2017.

Mass starvation has wiped out thousands of penguin chicks in Antarctica, with unusually thick sea ice forcing their parents to forage further for food in what conservationists Friday called a "catastrophic breeding failure".

More than 10,000 penguin chicks in a single colony starved to death - with only two surviving - because there was an unusually large amount of sea ice in Antarctica this year, according to polar scientists.

The deaths were caused by the unusual formation of extensive sea ice, which makes it extremely hard for the penguins to travel to the sea and return with food.

"The risk of opening up this area to exploratory krill fisheries, which would compete with the Adelie penguins for food as they recover from two catastrophic breeding failures in four years, is unthinkable", WWF's Rod Downie said.

Dr Ropert-Coudert said unusual shifts in sea-ice cover appear to be the main cause of both breeding collapses.

Recently, Antarctica has had low numbers of summer sea ice, but the area around the colony was an exception. Increased intensity of rain events also appears to be affecting the integrity of their nests, prompting groups including the WWF to intervene by supplying more rigid nests for the birds. Photo: Greg and Kate Bourne/WWF Australia.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) will meet on Monday to consider a proposal for a new marine protected area for the waters off East Antarctica.

A waddle of Adelie penguins in Antarctica.

"So CCAMLR needs to act now by adopting a new Marine Protected Area for the waters off east Antarctica, to protect the home of the penguins".

Adelie penguin chicks starved to death at Dumont d'Urville in January. The plan is backed by Australia and France with the European Union, and has been discussed by the commission for eight years.

Dr Ropert-Coudert leads the Adelie penguin program at Dumont D'Urville research station, adjacent to the colony.

The proposal for an MPA, which would protect the penguins from fishermen, among other things, has been on the agenda for eight years.

A marine protected area, which would prevent krill fishing, would help to secure a future for the wildlife of East Antarctica, including Adelie and emperor penguins, WWF said.



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