GSGSSI Consultations

Current GSGSSI consultations and a list of previous consultations with outcomes.

Current Consultations


There are currently no consultations.

Consultation Period On A New Strategic Framework


This is closed. The outcome is Protect Sustain Inspire.


Terrestrial Protected Areas Consultation

(10th August 2018) 


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.

You can download a copy of the consultation document here [.zip, 2.1mb], or view it online here.



Grytviken Conservation Management Plan (CMP)


Note - this consultation is now closed. A summary of comments will be posted in due course.


(July 2018)

Consultation Letter on Conservation Management Plan [.pdf, 0.2mb]

Draft Conservation Management Plan [.pdf, 16mb]


Consultation on the Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery at South Georgia


Response to the Consultation (16/11/17)

Response to Consultation on Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery [.docx, 0.2mb]


Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery Consultation (September 2017)

The Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands has consulted 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.

The toothfish fishery is one of the highest-scoring Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries, underpinned by scientific research, ecosystem-based precautionary management, and careful monitoring and enforcement. It has developed following close collaboration between operators, scientists, NGOs and Government. The Government is proposing a number of changes to the management of the fishery in support of its fisheries objectives. Key among these is a proposal to extend the toothfish licensing period from 2 to 4 years (with a review planned after 2 years). The establishment of a 4-year licensing regime would mean a number of changes to the way in which the fishery operates including the application assessment process and the compliance and enforcement regime. Details of the proposed changes were set out in this consultation.

Consultation Letter on Longer Term Licensing [.doc, 0.1mb]

Consultation on the Licensing and Management of the Toothfish Fishery at South Georgia [.docx, 0.1mb]

Toothfish Fishery Management Plan (draft) [.docx, 1.8mb]


Heritage Framework and Strategy


Response to the Consultation (27/12/17)

Response to Consultation on the Draft Heritage Strategy [.docx, 0.01mb]


Heritage Framework and Strategy Consultation (June - August 2017)

The Heritage Framework and Strategy has been prepared by heritage consultants Purcell. It was commissioned by the Government following the publication of its 5-year Strategy 2016-2020. The Heritage Framework and Strategy sets out a conservation philosophy and a set of conservation principles that will form the basis of future policy and decision-making on cultural heritage matters. It also sets out a draft strategy to enable the Government to meet its heritage objectives.

Included within the document are proposals for a cultural heritage management plan for Grytviken which will provide a planned and comprehensive approach to managing this important heritage site. It also proposes a system for categorising heritage assets that will assist in their relative prioritisation and appropriate management.

Consultation Letter on Heritage Strategy [.doc, 0.01mb]

Draft Heritage Framework and Strategy [.pdf, 0.7mb]


Policy on the Release and Movement of Artefacts 2017


The policy on the release of heritage artefacts from SGSSI has been developed by the Government pursuant to the GSGSSI’s 5 year strategy.  This policy has undergone a public consultation and GSGSSI has also consulted closely with the Heritage Advisory Panel (HAP) on a number of occasions throughout this process.

Policy on the Release and Movement of Artefacts. [pdf, 0.1mb]


Guidance to Help Tourism Operators Plan Medical Provision for Visits to South Georgia


Outcome - November 2016

GSGSSI is pleased to make available "Guidelines for the Provision of Medical Care in South Georgia and other Antarctic Marine Areas by Seaborne Adventure Tourism”. This document identifies the medical risks associated with visits to South Georgia and offers advice and guidance to cruise ship operators and other visitors about the provision of appropriate medical care. The guidance in this document reflects expert medical advice prepared for the GSGSSI by World Extreme Medicine following consultation with stakeholders and a medical expert peer review process.

We hope operators will welcome this guidance and we encourage them to use it to help them to ensure that their vessels have appropriate medical resources on board and ashore to care for passengers and crew during visits to South Georgia.

The guidance is not intended to be comprehensive or prescriptive, but sets out guidelines and suggestions for operators with a wider application to the tourism in the southern oceans and operators should take such further advice as they consider necessary.

We hope, that these guidelines will be of assistance and will prove to be helpful for the operators of visiting tourist vessels and private vessel owners alike.

Download here. [.pdf, 1.4mb]

Application of English Law to SGSSI





Consultation - November 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [pdf, 0.3 mb]

Consultation paper on Application. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Application of Laws Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft GSGSSI Policy on Application of Laws . [pdf, 0.1mb]

Administration of Justice and Income Tax


Outcome - August 2016.

Response in relation to Administration of Justice. [.pdf, 0.6mb]

Response in relation to Income Tax. [.pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - March 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [pdf, 0.3mb]

Consultation paper on Administration of Justice. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft Administration of Justice Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Consultation paper on Income Tax. [pdf, 0.1mb]

Draft Income Tax Ordinance. [pdf, 0.1mb]



Outcome - October 2016

Response to the consultation in relation to Policing. [pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - August 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive about this consultation [.doc, 0.01mb].

Consultation paper on Policing  [.docx, 0.01mb].

Draft Police Ordinance  [.docx, 0.01mb].

Immigration and Customs


Outcome - October 2016

Response to the consultation in relation to Customs. [pdf, 0.6mb]


Consultation - May 2016

Letter from the Chief Executive. [.pdf, 0.3Mb]
Consultation paper on Immigration. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]
Draft Immigration Ordinance. [.pdf, 0.15Mb]
Consultation paper on Customs. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]
Draft Customs Ordinance. [.pdf, 0.1Mb]