News Archive

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.[...]
GSGSSI recently commissioned GIS developers at the British Antarctic Survey to upgrade the Government’s GIS portal. Some of the new data was compiled for the recently updated map of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, published by BAS, which the Government marked with the launch of a ‘Mapping of South Georgia’ stamp issue. Among other things, the new data highlights the pace at which climate change is affecting South Georgia’s glaciers.[...]
The February – March Newsletter can now be viewed - 'Commissioner’s 12-Day Visit To South Georgia', 'SGSSI Annual Report', 'Rodent Detector Dog Survey', 'Latest South Georgia Stamp Issues', 'Higher Predator Monitoring At King Edward Point' and more.[...]
Read about the latest release of South Georgia stamps features Antarctic fur seals both on land and in the water at different stages though their lifespan.[...]
The Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, Nigel Phillips CBE, returned on Saturday from his visit to this UK Overseas Territory where he has been accompanied by representatives of some of South Georgia’s key partners and stakeholders.[...]
The Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, His Excellency Nigel Phillips CBE, today departs for a 12-day visit to this UK Overseas Territory accompanied by representatives of some of South Georgia’s key stakeholder organisations.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to announce the start of its trial biosecurity detector dog programme in association with Working Dogs for Conservation.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is delighted to launch a set of stamps celebrating the history of mapping the island. The stamps released today are in the format of three se-tenant pairs each celebrating an important development in the mapping of the Territory.[...]
The 2017 Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Annual Report can now be downloaded.[...]
The December – January Newsletter can now be viewed - 'SGSSI Heritage Framework and Strategy', 'Chief Executive Officer', 'Platinum Wedding Anniversary Stamps', 'SGSSI Featured in Blue Planet II', 'End-of-Year Fisheries Update' and more.[...]
The Government is today announcing that the 3-year term of the Chief Executive Officer, James Jansen, will naturally conclude at the start of July 2018 and that a process is now underway to recruit a successor. It is the Government’s intention for a successor to take up post in June to allow for a handover period.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to issue an invitation to tender for the provision of services to verify toothfish and associated by-catch from vessels operating at South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands.[...]
On 17th January 1775 a small party of men landed on a beach beneath snowy peaks and tumbling glaciers. In charge was an officer by the name of James Cook; the British Flag was planted, a volley of musket shot was fired, and the land was claimed for His Britannic Majesty. Cook named the bay in which he landed Possession Bay, and on 17th January each year South Georgia marks ‘Possession Day’ with a bank holiday and reception.[...]
The Government is pleased to announce the launch the next icefish licensing round. The documentation published today, provides information for anyone applying for a licence to fish for mackerel icefish in the SGSSI Maritime Zone for the two years 2018 – 2019.[...]
The Government is pleased to publish its Heritage Framework and Strategy for SGSSI. It provides an overarching heritage strategy for the cultural heritage of SGSSI. Its purpose is to provide the framework in which the Government’s stated heritage aims and objectives, including those set out in the Government’s Strategy 2016-2020, can be enacted.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce that Ross James has been appointed to the position of Visitor Management Officer. Ross will be joining Government in mid-January 2018 and will be focusing on biosecurity in addition to South Georgia’s tourism management.[...]