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Stunningly beautiful and rugged, this island wildlife sanctuary, once visited, is not easily forgotten. Its snow covered peaks, blue glacier ice and emerald green bays, are breathtaking sights.

It is a real "oasis" in the stormy southern oceans and is home to sea and land birds, seals and other amazing creatures.


  • 21/07/14: The June 2014 'News and Events' can be viewed here.
  • 20/07/14: Latest fishing data here.
  • 16/07/14: GSGSSI is seeking tenders for the provision of CCAMLR scientific observers for the toothfish, icefish and krill fisheries in the SGSSI Maritime Zone. Full details here.
  • 01/07/14: Information for Visitors, the Visit Application Form and the Post-Visit Report Form have all been updated for the new season. Download here.
  • 11/06/14: On April 30th 2014 the charterers of a longline vessel, fishing under licence in the SGSSI Maritime Zone, were issued with an Administrative Penalty Notice for a breach of licence conditions. The full notice can be downloaded here [pdf].
  • 04/06/14: The May 2014 GSGSSI briefing to IAATO Members can be downloaded here.
  • 23/05/14: The GSGSSI 'Reindeer Eradication Project End of Phase 2 report' can be downloaded here
  • 23/04/14: The GSGSSI Science Permit application form and guide for applicants have been updated here.
  • 19/02/14: Landmark reindeer eradication project helps protect native biodiversity. GSGSSI is pleased to announce the completion of a major project to eradicate reindeer from the Island of South Georgia. Download the press release here [pdf, 0.4mb]
  • 14/02/14:The Krill Information for Applicants and the Licence Application Form for 2014 can be downloaded here.
  • 19/12/13: The Icefish 'Information For Applicants' and the Application Form, for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, can be downloaded here.
  • 13/12/13: Following the recent consultation, a document outlining how the new application process for krill licences in the SGSSI Maritime Zone will work, is now available. Download here [.pdf, 0.7mb].
  • 12/12/13: The Toothfish licensing 'Information For Applicants' and the Application Form, for the 2014 and 2015 seasons, can be downloaded here.
  • 25/11/13: Following consultation with fishing industry and stakeholders, GSGSSI have decided to implement a two-year licence arrangement in the toothfish and icefish fisheries in the SGSSI Maritime Zone. Download the announcement here [pdf, 0.7Mb].
  • 11/11/13: The report on the mortality of non-target species following year 1 of phase 2 of the South Georgia rodent eradication, can be downloaded here.
  • 07/11/13: The Shackleton Walk Visitor Management Plan has been revised. Download here.


  • The GSGSSI 2013 Annual Report can be downloaded here. This is a new initiative designed to keep stakeholders and other interested parties informed about activities on SGSSI. We would welcome feedback on the content and structure of the report.
  • The 'Island of South Georgia' iPhone/iPad App can be downloaded free from Apple's App Store.
  • SGSSI legislation documents from 1985 to 2010 can now be downloaded here.
  • The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) Plan summarises the current status of work at SGSSI, and provides guidelines for a prioritised programme of future work. Details here.
  • Expedition Reports from 2004-2011 can now be downloaded here.
  • The South Georgia Geographic Information System (SGGIS) enables researchers and the public to see the islands' environmental landscape in a completely new way and will help to manage and protect the wildlife. View the South Georgia Geographic Information System here.
  • Details of how the South Georgia fishery is managed and other licensing information to download can be found - here.

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