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South Georgia government in Norway for reindeer eradication project and krill fishery

Wednesday, October 24th 2012 - 05:38 UTC
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Commissioner Nigel Haywood by the harpoon gun with members of Øyas Venner on the catcher “Southern Actor” Commissioner Nigel Haywood by the harpoon gun with members of Øyas Venner on the catcher “Southern Actor”

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.

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  • malen

    As i understand the reindeer, a phauna species introduced by Norway in the isles of south america, it was not typical phauna of the region, has increased so much, that now they need to erradicate it.
    So it seems to me ,this scientists have prooved well they have no idea of phauna, biodiversity and the region, that they do europeans stupidities, like the reindeer, afecting all our biodiversity of our south atlantic, not knowing our diversity of our continent, and the propagation of species, that is very connected, and everything you do affects the southatlantic. Also some guanacos also introduced alone some time ago, were exterminated because it increased so much and were inbreed.
    So you are doing nonsense, scientific nonsense in the south atlantic. That cant be respected. And thanks to show this example. Sure you are going to kill the reindeers. Killing phauna you put there, according to your point of view or the point of view of your scientists. Pathetic. This shows you dont respect the biodiversity.

    Oct 24th, 2012 - 10:16 am 0
  • Clyde15

    I am sure you will correct me if I am wrong, but were cattle indigenous to Argentina ? How about soya beans or wheat ?

    From your post above, I presume you approve the removal of ALL non native animal and plant species from your country and return it to its state before your Conquistadors arrived and destroyed the native Flora and Fauna.

    Oct 24th, 2012 - 10:41 am 0
  • Boovis

    @2: nope, for Argentinians trying to prove a xenophobic point, the Great Columbian Migration was something that happened to other people.

    Oct 24th, 2012 - 10:43 am 0
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