The ten-person South African survey team on sub-Antarctic Prince Edward Island was successfully picked up and transferred to the weather station on nearby Marion Island yesterday afternoon.
With good weather in the main, despite some high winds at times leading to a collapsed tent, the counting objectives for seven ACAP-listed species (click here for a previous news item on the survey) were all achieved.
In addition, the three survey teams on Marion Island have completed their work with the last party returning from the field today after a night and morning of exceptional, gale-force winds.
It is intended the expedition will sail for Cape Town tomorrow.
The journey home will see the various counts being amalgamated, so that population trends from previous surveys can be ascertained.
News from John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, posted from Marion Island, 23 December 2008