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Stunningly beautiful and rugged, this island wildlife sanctuary, once visited, is not easily forgotten. Its snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice and emerald green bays, are breathtaking sights.

It is a real "oasis" in the stormy southern oceans and is home to sea and land birds, seals and reindeer. This site aims to provide a window to this fragile environment - and offer the chance to discover more about what makes the island of South Georgia so special.


  • 22/12/10: The 'SGSSI Icefish Licence 2010-11 Information for Applicants', the 'SGSSI Icefish Application Form 2010-11', 'SGSSI Crab Licence 2010-11 Information for Applicants' and the 'SGSSI Crab Application Form 2010-11' can be downloaded here.
  • 15/12/10: The November 'News and Events' can be viewed here.
  • 13/12/10: The toothfish 2011 season 'Information for Applicants' and 'Application Form' can be downloaded here.
  • 06/12/10: The SGSSI 2009 Financial Statements for the year ending 31st December 2009 can be downloaded here.
  • 29/11/10: SGSSI legislation documents from 1985 to 2010 can now be downloaded here.
  • 25/11/10: The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) Plan summarises the current status of work at SGSSI, and provides guidelines for a prioritised programme of future work. Details here.
  • 06/09/10: Latest fishing data here.
  • 20/08/10: The SGHT have recommended a change to the formulation of the bait from that which was discussed in the EIA for Phase 1 of the Habitat Restoration Project. The changes and implications of this have been summarised in a document which can be downloaded here. Please send any comments to Darren Christie, Environment Officer. Deadline for receipt of comments is Monday 30th August 2010. We apologise for the brief opportunity to comment, which is necessary due to logistical considerations.
  • 10/08/10: Administrative Penalty Issued to Longline Fishing Vessel: On May 16th 2010 the operators of a longline vessel, fishing under licence in GSGSSI waters, were issued with an Administrative Penalty Notice for failure to report the killing of two albatross and for the discarding of hooks, including baited hooks. Full details here.
  • 12/07/10: The GSGSSI revised implementation date for one month visitor fee policy can be viewed here.
  • 12/07/10: The revised version of the Information for Visitors to South Georgia 2010 booklet can be downloaded here.
  • 05/07/10: GSGSSI update for IAATO 2010 can be downloaded here.


  • Complete list of all documents that can be downloaded from this site here.
  • Expedition Reports from 2004-2009 can now be downloaded here.
  • The South Georgia Geographic Information System (SGGIS) enables researchers and the public to see the islands' environmental landscape in a completely new way and will help to manage and protect the wildlife. View the South Georgia Geographic Information System here.
  • Details of how the South Georgia fishery is managed and other licensing information to download can be found - here.
  • The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery has been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. You can read more - here and re-certified details here.

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