News Archive

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.[...]
GSGSSI, in conjunction with the South Georgia Heritage Trust, is pleased to invite written proposals for the provision of heritage services and survey work in South Georgia. The project will deliver a conservation management plan for Grytviken.[...]
These islands are a globally important site for biodiversity. Find out more about our world class environmental management.[...]
The most recent issue of stamps by the Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands celebrated the 70th Wedding Anniversary of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.[...]
The Government is pleased to provide an end of year fisheries update, reporting on the annual fishing industry meeting, 36th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, current and forthcoming fishery licensing rounds, and the 5-year Marine Protected Area review process.[...]
The October – November Newsletter can now be viewed - 'First 5-Year Review Of Sustainable Use MPA', ' Launch Of 4-Year Toothfish Licensing Round', 'Rodent Detector Dog Trial To Commence', ' Bronze Bust Of Sir Ernest Shackleton Unveiled' and more.[...]
The Government’s first 5-year review of its sustainable use Marine Protected Area has commenced with a two-day workshop held at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. The workshop incorporated representation from scientists, the fishing industry, the tourist industry, non-governmental organisations and an independent reviewer (Dr Alistair Dunn, MPI New Zealand). The workshop was chaired by Dr Colin Clubbe, Head of Conservation Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.[...]
The Government is pleased to announce the launch the next toothfish licensing round. The documentation published today provides information for anyone applying for a licence to fish for toothfish in the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Maritime Zone for the years 2018 - 2021. The deadline for applications is 10 December.[...]
GSGSSI is delighted to announce it will be working with ‘Working Dogs for Conservation’ (WD4C) to undertake a trial of a new rodent biosecurity detector dog programme. The trial is scheduled to take place between February and April 2018.[...]
The SGSSI Financial Statements and Audit Report, for the year ending 31st December 2016, have now been published.[...]
The Aug – Sept Newsletter can now be viewed - 'New Commissioner Sworn In'; 'Annual Stakeholder Meeting; Marine Protected Area 5-year Review'; 'Consultation on the Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery' and more.[...]
The Government recently commenced the first 5-year review of its marine protected area (MPA). Written submissions have been invited from stakeholders to inform the review process and these will published on the Government’s website, together with future updates.[...]
GSGSSI held its annual stakeholder meeting on Thursday 14 September. Hosted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and chaired by Jane Rumble, Head of Polar Regions Department, the meeting drew over 70 representatives from South Georgia stakeholder organisations.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce that Sue Gregory has been appointed to the position of Marine Environment & Fisheries Manager. Sue has been working with the Government for the past 5 months on secondment from the BAS where she has spent the last 8 years as a fisheries ecologist for the King Edward Point project funded jointly by the Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.[...]
GSGSSI is consulting on changes to its toothfish licensing and management arrangements, in particular with a view to moving from a 2 to a 4-year licensing period for toothfish vessels fishing at South Georgia commencing in the 2017/18 fishing season. Comments should be submitted by close 22 September.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce the launch of an issue of stamps to celebrate the ‘Landscapes’ of the Territory. Renowned for its lush green coastal plain crowded with wildlife and an interior filled with craggy mountains and majestic glaciers, South Georgia has a landscape for every occasion.[...]
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The June – July Newsletter can now be viewed - 'New SGSSI Commissioner Appointed'; 'Annual Biosecurity Review'; 'Island Invasives Conference' and more.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is commencing the first 5-year review of its Marine Protected Area (MPA). It is inviting written submissions from stakeholders by close 31 August to inform the review process.[...]
Mr Nigel Phillips CBE has been appointed Her Majesty’s Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands in succession to Mr Colin Roberts CVO. The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands looks forward to welcoming Mr Phillips when he takes up his appointment in September 2017.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to be able to extend the deadline for the submission of tenders for the provision of a trial biosecurity detector dog programme to 12 noon GMT 16th June.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has become aware of information relating to the conduct of one of the fishing vessels licensed to fish in the South Georgia Maritime Zone for the 2016 and 2017 fishing seasons. The matters of conduct include two counts of unlicensed fishing activity outside of the South Georgia Maritime Zone.[...]