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South Georgia will issue two-year licenses for toothfish and icefish

Monday, January 13th 2014 - 06:17 UTC
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A trawler anchored in Cumberland Bay A trawler anchored in Cumberland Bay

The government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands has announced it will issue two-year fishing licenses to companies who successfully apply to fish for toothfish and icefish in the SGSSI Maritime Zone, reports the South Georgia Newsletter latest edition.

 The decision was made following consultation with the fishing industry and stakeholders. Responses to the consultation were all broadly supportive of the suggested move to two-year licences and the new system will take effect from the start of the 2013/14 season.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has set the toothfish catch limit in sub area 48.3(South Georgia) at 2400 tons, however GSGSSI has said it is likely to limit this to approximately 2200 tons in 2013/14. The catch limit for 2014/15 will be confirmed in December 2014, but is expected to be no less than 2000 tons. There are likely to be six licenses offered for the two year period.

Applicants for the two-year licenses will find the application system largely unchanged from previous licensing rounds and they will be assessed in the normal way with GSGSSI undertaking an initial sift of the applications and then seeking flag state advice from the Secretary of State.

The new licenses will not be transferrable to other owners or operators, though the Director of Fisheries may consider applications (by an operator) to change the vessel between years. Licenses for the South Sandwich Islands (SSI) fishery will also be offered on a two-year basis. CCAMLR has set separate Patagonian (45 tons) and Antarctic (24 tons) toothfish quotas for sub area 48.4 (South Sandwich Islands) and it is likely that two vessels will be licensed to fish there.

For the Icefish fishery, CCAMLR has agreed a catch limit of 4,635 tons for 2013/14 and 2,659 tons for 2014/15. Under similar arrangements as for the Toothfish licensing, GSGSSI is likely to offer a maximum of 5 licenses in this fishery.

Meanwhile fishing activity in South Georgia tailed off in November after the busier winter season. The krill fishing closed on October 31st so the last krill trawler made a final trans-shipment to a reefer anchored in Cumberland Bay on the November 1st before departing to fish in the South Orkneys. One icefish trawler was searching for icefish but finding little, it too had departed by November 7th.

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  • Lord Ton

    “The government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands ...”

    Yup ..... that'll be us ;-)

    Jan 13th, 2014 - 08:38 am 0
  • Conqueror

    I trust that authorised and licenced fishing vessels in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands areas will be properly armed? That argie spy-ship didn't go there for no reason. Plans for poaching? GPMGs on deck? During WW2, the RN used to have a useful little device called the Hedgehog. It fired 24 spigot mortar bombs. The firing sequence was staggered so that all the bombs would land in a 100 foot diameter circular or elliptical area at the same time. Perfect for argie poachers. Bombs that land on the poaching vessel would have the obvious effect, whilst those that land in the water would crush or split the poacher's hull. Another “unexplained” disappearance at sea. Shame.

    Jan 13th, 2014 - 11:37 am 0
  • Briton

    Argentine com[anise should be banned from any licences,

    after all, the was they treat the Falk landers, they deserve nothing less..

    Jan 13th, 2014 - 07:42 pm 0
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