India is getting prepared to take up studies on Krill associated ecosystem studies in the Western Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, through in-situ ship survey in the area during Austral summer 2019-20. The proposed objectives are to to understand the distribution and biomass of krill in the western Indian Ocean Sector of the Southern Ocean, to relate larval/adult krill with the prevailing oceanographic/environmental set-up, to examine the spatial pattern of the resource and the forcing and response functions that regulate the distribution, ultimately, to explain the impact due to change in climate or long term variations. Special emphasis will be given on the regional ecosystem processes encountered along the two meridional transects which National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), India is being monitored regularly.
Dr Smitha Bal Raj (India)
Ms Doro Forck (CCAMLR Secretariat)