News Archive

A new stamp issue which gives audiences a new perspective on Grytviken was released on 10th May. Although nothing can stop the advance of time and the ravages of the South Georgia weather, new technologies mean that the whaling stations and some of the stories associated with them can be captured in detail like never before.[...]
Her Majesty’s Commissioner, Nigel Phillips CBE, introduced the GSGSSI presentation at this year’s IAATO AGM held in Cape Town between the 1st and 3rd May 2019. The Commissioner spoke about GSGSSI’s mantra of evidence-based decision making, preparations for growing number of visitors, and the importance of collaboration and development of strategic relationships with IAATO as a way to achieve our aims.[...]
With such a large and unpopulated island like South Georgia, it is the visitors who play a crucial role in alerting authorities to potential non-native species, and GSGSSI is interested in maximising this potential for visitors to play an intrinsic part of our monitoring and management of the island. A couple of examples this season have highlighted how visitors (now surpassing 10k per annum in number) can be our eyes on the ground.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to publish its audited 31 December 2017 financial accounts. They show an operating surplus of over £1.3m which can be used to support us to meet our stretching strategic objectives as identified in our 2015 strategy and help ensure compliance with our rigorous conservation measures.[...]
The December – January Newsletter can now be read. MPA Enhancements; Grytviken Conservation Management Plan; Biosecurity Detector Dog Programme; New Funding Uses Seabirds As Sentinels Of South Atlantic and more.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands are pleased to release the final version of the Grytviken Conservation Management Plan. This document has been prepared by heritage consultants Purcell following recommendations from the SGSSI Heritage Framework Strategy.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce an extended biosecurity detector dog programme. This follows a successful pilot programme, where specially trained dogs were deployed on vessels bound for South Georgia tasked with detecting rats and mice.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to announce a range of additional measures for its Marine Protected Area which will greatly enhance the protection and conservation of the Territory’s rich marine biodiversity. Drawing on the recommendations arising from the recent 5-yearly review of the SGSSI Marine Protected Area, GSGSSI will extend the current MPA legislation across its entire 1.24m km2 Maritime Zone. No-take zones (NTZ), which will be closed to all commercial fishing activity, will be expanded to cover 23% (284,000km2) of the MPA; an area which greatly exceeds the size of the UK.[...]
The October – November Newsletter can now be read. MPA Review Advisory Group Report Published; Horizon Scanning Workshop Deliver ‘Most Unwanted’ List Of Invasive Species; Elephant Seal Bite; BAS Acoustic Buoy Recovery and more.[...]
A British gentleman visiting Salisbury Plain on board an expedition cruise ship, received serious but non-life threatening injuries when he was bitten by a bull elephant seal on Monday 12th November.[...]
The first 5-year review of the SGSSI sustainable use Marine Protected Area is reaching its conclusion and the Government is pleased to share the report of the MPA Advisory Group. The report was compiled by Dr Colin Clubbe, the Independent Chair of the MPA Advisory Group, to synthesis the outcomes and advice provided by the Group through the MPA Review Process.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to announce the release of it’s latest set of stamps which commemorates the centenary of the end of World War I and the role Shackleton’s men played in the conflict. This set is part of a complementary issue of stamps with the British Antarctic Territory to mark this milestone anniversary.[...]
GSGSSI launch the latest issue of stamps celebrating Migratory Species. This issue is the first of a series of complimentary suite of stamps being issued in 2018 by British Overseas Territories including Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha.[...]
The August – September Newsletter can now be read. 'Terrestrial Protected Areas Consultation', 'Record Of The June 2018 MPA Review Workshop', '2018 Stakeholder Meeting', 'Norway Trip', 'New Map Of South Georgia Wins Award' and more.[...]
This week, the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands released a commemorative stamp issue to celebrate the Royal Wedding between the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex. The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his youngest son Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle on 27 November 2017.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce the release of the second Terrestrial Protected Areas consultation and presentation of UNEP-WCMC’s final proposals. This final consultation document provides a synthesis of the feedback received from the first consultation which was held in May, and demonstrates how the feedback received from stakeholders has informed an updated portfolio of recommendations.[...]
The June – July Newsletter can now be viewed - 'Happy Midwinter From South Georgia!, 'MPA Advisory Group Considers Further Evidence', 'Biosecurity Review', 'Heritage Survey Works At Grytviken' and more.[...]
GSGSSI today releases the results of its annual biosecurity review. Ensuring South Georgia’s biodiversity is protected from invasive species is every visitor’s responsibility, from Government employee to tourist; and remains a strategic priority for GSGSSI. We remain constantly alert to new biosecurity threats and ensure our policies remain up to date and reflect best practice standards. In order to achieve this, each year we undertake an annual review of biosecurity.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to share the final report of a recent biosecurity audit. The visit was undertaken by biosecurity specialist Dr Gillian Key from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (GBNNSS).[...]
The Grytviken Conservation Management Plan has been prepared by heritage consultants Purcell. It was commissioned by the Government following recommendations from the SGSSI Heritage Framework Strategy. The draft CMP is now out for public consultation.[...]
The latest stage of the Government’s first 5-year review of its sustainable use Marine Protected Area took place this week with the second and final meeting of its Advisory Group.  The Advisory Group has been considering the development of scientific understanding of the South Georgia Maritime Zone since 2013, and the effectiveness of existing monitoring and management measures.[...]
Ahead of the 2018/19 visitor season the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to publish the new visit permit application forms and accompanying guidance document ‘Visiting South Georgia 2018/19’. The guidance document has a new look and is designed to be easier to navigate with a table of contents, coloured page tabs and clickable links to key documents.[...]
King Edward Point and Grytviken have recently had visits from two teams of heritage surveyors, Purcell’s and Geometria. The visiting teams have been undertaking work for the Grytviken Conservation Management Plan (CMP). This project has been commissioned by GSGSSI in line with the Government’s objectives set out in its 5-year Strategy 2016-2020, and follows the publication of its Heritage Framework and Strategy in December 2017.[...]
The Commissioner for SGSSI, Nigel Phillips CBE, along with Steve Brown (Director of Operations) and Ross James (Visitor Management Officer) recently attended the 2018 IAATO conference held in Newport, Rhode Island, USA.[...]
Media release issued following calls to ban fishing in South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.[...]
The Government is this month holding the final meeting of its ad-hoc Advisory Group tasked with providing advice as part of the first 5-year review of the sustainable use Marine Protected Area (MPA) in place at South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. See here for more details of this evidence-led process involving scientists, non-governmental organisations, the fishing industry, the tourist industry, and an independent external reviewer.[...]
The April – May Newsletter can now be viewed - 'South Georgia Declared Rodent Free', 'Chief Executive Officer Appointment', 'Regulated Activity Permits', 'South Georgia GIS – 10 Years On', 'Morag Husband Campbell Medal' and more.[...]
In recognition of the important contribution science and research plays in enhancing knowledge and awareness of this UK Overseas Territory, GSGSSI is delighted to announce that from the 2018/2019 season it will no longer charge fees for Category 1 and Category 2 Regulated Activity Permits. A number of other changes are also being introduced this season.[...]
The Government is pleased to announce that Helen Havercroft has been appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in succession to James Jansen. Helen will start her new role in June following a handover period.[...]
The Government is delighted that SGHT has today declared South Georgia rodent free. After more than a decade of planning and delivery, today’s announcement means that South Georgia is free from rodents for the first time in over 200 years. The Government extends its congratulations to SGHT and everyone involved in this remarkable eradication project.[...]