News Archive

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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.[...]
The Government is pleased to announce that Sue Gregory will be joining the Government House team in April as interim Marine Environment and Fisheries Manager. Sue will join on secondment from the British Antarctic Survey where she is a fisheries ecologist for the King Edward Point project which is funded jointly by the Government and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.[...]
The Commissioner for SGSSI, Colin Roberts CVO, has returned from a visit to the remote UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia. He was joined by key stakeholder representatives with a particular interest in the environmental management of the territory.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce that Paula O’Sullivan has been recruited to the post of Government Officer at King Edward Point and will join the team in late July 2017. Paula has considerable professional experience in South Georgia (and the Antarctic), which will bring a broad range of knowledge and valuable skills to the post.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to have published on its website the new Police Ordinance that has resulted from the legislative review. This Ordinance is accompanied by an easy to read guide that explains what the Ordinance says and does. Download here.[...]
HM Commissioner for South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, His Excellency Colin Roberts CVO, today departs for a 12-day visit to the UK Overseas Territory accompanied by representatives of some of South Georgia’s key stakeholder organisations. The visit takes place on board the Government’s logistics and fishery patrol vessel MV Pharos SG and will have a particular focus on the natural environment.[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to announce that following a request for written proposals Constantia Consulting Ltd has been selected to provide specialist advice in relation to the use of heavy fuel oil and bunkering activity at South Georgia. The project will deliver inputs to the development of policy on the future burning and carriage of heavy fuel oil in the SGSSI maritime zone and inform and support the better regulation of bunkering activity at South Georgia.[...]
The Government is recruiting a Director of Operations to oversee the Government’s operations and logistics including the planning and implementation of major projects in the Territory, and its visitor management and cultural heritage policy. The role is available on a 3-year contract. The post of Director of Operations is available from mid-June.[...]
The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is pleased to announce that Steve Brown has been appointed to the post of Works and Heritage Manager[...]
The December to January Newsletter can now be viewed[...]
GSGSSI is pleased to have published on its website the first two new laws resulting from its Legislative Review. These cover Income Tax and Customs and they came into force on the 1st January 2017. The Ordinances are accompanied by easy to read guides that explain what they say and do. Further new law is expected soon on policing and the administration of justice. Download here[...]