Wednesday, January 23rd 2013 - 09:02 UTC

South Georgia implements additional measures to safeguard Marine Protected Area

The United Kingdom Minister for the Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds welcomed the announcement of a set of additional measures to safeguard the sustainable-use Marine Protected Area (MPA) around the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Minister for the Overseas Territories Mark Simmonds supported the measures

Closed areas to protect sensitive benthic fauna and provide refuge for the highly valuable Patagonian toothfish

A peaceful day in South Georgia’s capital Grytviken

This is an important part of the long term environmental strategy to protect the unique ecosystem of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

The new measures, announced by the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands, include seasonal closures, a ban on all bottom fishing deeper than 2.250 meters, and additional closed areas within the existing MPA, which already covers over 1,000,000 km².

They will be monitored through a series of scientific programs and enforced by a dedicated patrol vessel designed to ensure sustainable management of fishing activity. The new measures will further protect biodiversity in the Southern Ocean and will reinforce South Georgia’s position as one of the highest scoring Marine Stewardship Council certified fisheries in the world.

Speaking after the announcement, Mark Simmonds said that he welcomed the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands’ announcement to create additional measures to look after their Marine Protected Area.

“Their high standard of environmental stewardship and marine protection is crucial in protecting the unique and internationally important biodiversity in the Southern Ocean. I am delighted that the Government of the Territory continues to be among the world leaders in delivering marine and environmental protection.”

The additional measures will add extra protection to the SGSSI MPA, which was created in February 2012 and covers over one   million km2 of the highly productive waters around the islands.

The new measures establish:

• A seasonal closure of the fishery for Antarctic krill (from November 1st until March 31st) to avoid competition with krill eating predators (particularly penguins & fur seals) during the breeding season;
• Twelve nautical mile pelagic no-take zones around each of the South Sandwich Islands, protecting 18,042 km2, including important feeding areas of chinstrap and Adelie penguins;
• A ban on all bottom fishing deeper than 2.250 m, which covers 920,000 km2 (an area similar to the size of Spain), to protect deep-water habitats;
• Additional closed areas to protect sensitive benthic fauna and provide refugia for the highly valuable Patagonian toothfish, covering 12.662 km2 (approximately the size of Northern Ireland).

Fishing shallower than 700 metres was already prohibited, meaning that only 83.500 km2 (8%) of the sea-floor is available for bottom fishing. Bottom trawling was already banned throughout the MPA.

Nigel Haywood, Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, stated that “the waters around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are among the most productive in the Southern Ocean, with very high biodiversity. We remain committed to the highest standards of environmental management in this unique and globally important UK Overseas Territory.

Following the establishment of the MPA in February 2012, we have sought expert scientific advice and consulted widely to ensure that the waters around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are one of the best managed maritime areas in the world.”


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1 Anglotino (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 11:24 am Report abuse
No matter how no one tries to twist this, this is a case of putting the environment over the economy.
2 Boovis (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 12:44 pm Report abuse
Whose economy, exactly?...and why is that a bad thing? People come and go, we only get one planet. Perhaps you'd rather it be raped of resources?
3 Escoses Doido (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 01:27 pm Report abuse
And a very commendable deed too!
4 andy65 (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 02:54 pm Report abuse
Dam that Patagonian Toothfish looks like Crissy Kirchner on a bad day.
5 saphira (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 02:59 pm Report abuse
Perhaps Anglotino was pre-empting the usual rants that will appear later :) I am sure some of the regular posters will try to twist it
6 Shed-time (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 03:48 pm Report abuse
@4 I was going to suggest the third photo looks quite like a utopia WITHOUT some peronist fascist flag hanging off a flagpole, and without the church having been burned down and replaced with a massive effigy of Nestor for the nestoranity cult to flog themselves in front of.
7 toooldtodieyoung (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 04:07 pm Report abuse
6 Shed-time

It looks beautiful doesn't it?? and what a view!!

I think this is as close to perfection as we are going to get on this Earth.. One day... One day I would love to visit South Georgia and the Falklands.. One day!!
8 Shed-time (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 04:18 pm Report abuse
@7 Yes, it looks heavenly in a brown rusty kind of way. No hospital for when you get lockjaw from the grain silo however.
9 reality check (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 05:47 pm Report abuse
Think they were tanks for the whale oil, in which case, the rust suits them.
10 briton (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
Just dont let CFK and her destroyers near it,
she will ruin it beauty .
11 Anglotino (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 08:32 pm Report abuse
Regarding my first point, I should have been clearer. I totally support this. It is rare that governments close off economic opportunities and lose tax income with actions such as these.

Also hard to paint the UK as some rapacious imperial power that is destroying the region from afar.

(Thanks Saphira)
12 GFace (#) Jan 23rd, 2013 - 09:48 pm Report abuse
@11, “Also hard to paint the UK as some rapacious imperial power that is destroying the region from afar. ”

...unless they have something totally evil in store involving that fish. Mounting friggin' lasers on their friggin' heads perhaps? But I'm still waiting for the Squid Launcher from the Falklands to counter Brazil's Piranha Gun.
13 Marcos Alejandro (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 04:17 am Report abuse
“Chagos Islanders attack plan to turn archipelago into protected area”
“UK government proposals a ploy to block displaced Chagossians from returning to their homeland”

Thieves need to return stolen land not to turn them into fake protected areas.
14 Chuch (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 05:59 am Report abuse
Mucus #13
It is difficult to understand what you are actually referencing by your ill-educated post, if you are trying to infer that South Georgia was stolen, please explain, and try to use verifiable facts. If you can’t complete this challenge, you are prejudiced, ignorant, brainwashed or an agent of the Argentine propaganda machine (my guess is the latter but of course you might just be fatuous).
15 Anglotino (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 06:13 am Report abuse
@13 Marcos

I know... I'll jump off topic and post an article that is 3 years old to distract everyone because I lack any ability to argue or even discuss the topic at hand.

Such a ploy will never be seen through and everyone will fail to notice that I am a vacuous simpleton that is so disempowered by a foreign country that I can't envisage my life as complete until I can finally convince someone of the grave injustice that remain hidden from the world by this country.

So I am guessing that you fully support the UK's actions in expelling the Chagossians and denying them the ability to live on the islands with their own culture?
16 Escoses Doido (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:26 am Report abuse
WTF are you on?
What did this to your mind?
17 puerto argentino (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 10:31 am Report abuse
pirates thieves! liars with this want adjudicate 1000.000 m2!! Pirates thieves!!!
18 Anglotino (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 11:15 am Report abuse
Want...... I'd say got!

You seem a little slow on the uptake mate.
19 Escoses Doido (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 12:27 pm Report abuse
awa an fling pesh aboot yersel min.

puerto argentino? I'll puerto argentino you ma lad!!!
20 Benson (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 01:10 pm Report abuse
@12 Haha nice one
CFK “The British are militarizing the South Atlantic toothfish”

Ok Marcos I'll bite, how exactly does your claim to South Georgia work? Had an argie even set foot on South Georgia before 1982?
21 Escoses Doido (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 01:23 pm Report abuse
Thought they got a wee contract to take away some scrap metal in 1982.

Did they manage to take it away?

Maybe that's the basis of their claim?
22 HansNiesund (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 02:01 pm Report abuse
Argentine ownership of South Georgia is obvious, just so long as you caqn grasp Argie logic.

In this particular case, the island is theirs because a Norwegian whaler who took a lease from the UK in the early 1900s had an office in Buenos Aries.
23 CaptainSilver (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 02:46 pm Report abuse
Its ok, I have the explanation: Nueva colonia de idiotas descubiertos en la costa este de América del Sur. Parecen tener forma humana, pero el cerebro pequeño. Los intentos de comunicarse fracasado porque son monosylabic.
It's useless trying to communicate with them, they can't understand logic, and have no capability to understand history.
24 ChrisR (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 07:38 pm Report abuse
17 puerto argentino

It's square kilometers, not square meters you argie imbecile.
25 Doveoverdover (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:26 pm Report abuse
@22 I have arrived at the very personal view that, when it comes down to it and for whatever reason, the Argentinians believe that Northern Hemisphere countries have no right to own territory in the Southern Hemisphere. Logic doesn't come into it.
26 puerto argentino (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 09:53 pm Report abuse
m2 or Km2 is the same aptitude steal, steal, steal, ...asshole Pirates! You come to me correct Imbecile.
27 HansNiesund (#) Jan 24th, 2013 - 11:15 pm Report abuse
It's logic, Jim, but not as we know it.

Interestingly enough, Think himself has recently discarded the pretence of rational argument and resorted to basic knee jerk gringophobia. Faute de mieux, I guess. But then the question is, whether gringophobia is a product of actual, or of local cultural and political considerations.
28 Doveoverdover (#) Jan 25th, 2013 - 12:59 pm Report abuse
@27 Indeed, it is Think I have to thank for this personal revelation.
29 Frank (#) Jan 26th, 2013 - 08:23 am Report abuse
Thicko is conspicuous by his absence.
Best he has been able to come up when asked to justify the RG claim to South Georgia has been 'its difficult'.
30 HansNiesund (#) Jan 26th, 2013 - 09:26 am Report abuse
In any event, it wouldn't be fair to tar all the Malvinistas with the Think brush. Some of them genuinely believe that a terrible injustice was done in 1833 and that the UN and the rest of the world supports their cause. Only the really loopy adduce such peculiar notions as hemispheric allegiance, migrating birds, and seaborne seeds into the mix.
31 JohnN (#) Jan 30th, 2013 - 02:02 pm Report abuse
South Georgia December News & Events just uploaded!

Click link below to read:

- Next Commissioner Announced
- Invasion Of South Georgia - Thatcher’s Worst Moment
- Shipping News
- Worsley’s Almanac Returns To The Island
- Far-flung Jurisdiction Visit
- Mountains - New Stamp Issue
- Bird Island Diary
- South Georgia Snippets

If link broken, go to homepage and in left frame click on news+events:

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