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Putting science into practice: managing South Georgia’s fisheries

27 May 2015 - 10:30am

Seminar by Dr Martin Collins, Chief Executive & Director of Fisheries, South Georgia Government. 

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) are a UK Overseas Territory in the Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean.  The 200 nautical mile Maritime Zone (EEZ) is under the jurisdiction of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and supports fisheries for Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish, Antarctic krill and mackerel icefish.  

The islands support a tremendous abundance of marine or marine-foraging fauna, much of which is directly or indirectly dependent on Antarctic krill.  Given this abundance and diversity of the wildlife, it is essential that the fisheries be sustainably managed.  

In this seminar, Dr Collins will describe how the South Georgia Government uses high quality science to sustainably manage the fisheries under both CCAMLR and domestic regulations.   He will describe some of the innovative approaches we have taken and outline the provisions of the recently declared Marine Protected Area, which includes large coastal no-take zones, benthic closed areas and a seasonal closure of the krill fishery.


NIWA Wellington (Greta Point), Main Conference Room.

South Georgia's East Coast. [Credit Liam Quinn]