A team from the government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands was in Norway during September to advance in the planning for the reindeer eradication project which is expected to begin on New Year and to discuss about the krill fishery, reports the South Georgia Newsletter September edition.
The three person GSGSSI team, Commissioner Nigel Haywood, Chief Executive Officer Martin Collins and Environment Office Jen Lee met with the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (SNO) and it was agreed that the Norwegian crew will arrive in South Georgia to start the eradication at New Year. They will be based in the Stromness area to remove the herd that ranges between the Fortuna to the Neumayer glaciers.
The Commissioner and Martin Collins also met with Aker Biomarine to discuss the krill fishery and Marine Protected Areas. Aker Biomarine is an integrated biotechnology company that makes krill oil tablets for the health-food market.
Another meeting was in Sandefjord with members of Øyas Venner, a Norwegian ex-Whalers and historical society, and with industrial archaeologist Bjorn Basberg and others. Whilst in Sandefjord they visited the Whaling Museum and had a tour of the restored whale catcher “Southern Actor”.
While is Oslo, British Ambassador Jane Owe, hosted a dinner at the Embassy for the GSGSSI team and guests which included Kit Kovacs (Norsk Polar Institute), Kjell Tokstad (Øyas Venner), Sigve Nordrum (Aker Biomarine), and Reidar Andersen and Carl Erik Kilander (SNO).
But the trip was not all work and the Commissioner and Martin Collins found time in a busy schedule to take part in the Oslo marathon.