Antarctica is like no other place on the planet, and traveling through its wilderness is a privilege. Inherent to this privilege is a responsibility to protect and preserve its spectacular scenery and unique wildlife for future generations. Activities in the Antarctic are governed by the Antarctic Treaty of 1959 and associated agreements referred to collectively as the Antarctic Treaty System.
In 1991, a member organization called IAATO (the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) was founded to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private-sector travel to the Antarctic. It has defined detailed standards on day-to-day operations and vessel requirements. As a member in good standing since 2011, Poseidon Expeditions is committed to observing these standards.
Preservation of the Arctic and the Polar Ice Cap are environmental imperatives and the responsibility of all, including tourism operators and their guests. We are honored to contribute as a member in good standing of AECO (the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators). Founded in 2003, this organization promotes responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic north of the 60th line of latitude and sets high standards to achieve these goals. Among other things, the AECO draws up guidelines on dealing with wildlife, local communities and the Arctic ecosystem.
Poseidon Expeditions became an AECO member in 2011, and full membership was accepted by the Annual Meeting in October 2014.
Poseidon Expeditions supports Polar Bears International, an organization dedicated to the conservation of polar bears and their preferred habitat – the sea ice.
Oceanites, Inc. is a US-based, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that has been driving science-based conservation under the Antarctic Treaty for more than two decades. It represents the world’s only non-profit, publicly supported Antarctic research program.
Through an in-kind donation of space on several Poseidon voyages each year, Oceanites is able to bring researchers to Antarctica to carry out its work in counting and documenting nesting birds at established sites. During the cruise Poseidon Expeditions helps to both orchestrate an auction to raise money for Oceanites and provide information on Oceanites’ work to generate additional donations from passengers.