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South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.  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 amazing wildlife like penguins, albatrosses, seals, whales and petrels.

The South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Laws site can be accessed here.

Latest News

Read the past Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands’ (GSGSSI) latest news and updates here.

June 19, 2024

Visitor Related Fee Increases For South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands

GSGSSI has published the fees and charges for the 24/25 austral summer season. These will take effect from 1 July 2024.

80% of Government expenditure goes towards protecting the unique environment that is South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Increases in these charges will help to ensure that the Government can continue to provide outstanding stewardship and implement the vision to protect, sustain and inspire.

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April 26, 2024

Darwin Plus Funding Schemes, 2024

GSGSSI is proud to promote and encourage science that contributes to developing and upholding best-practice environmental management and that supports the active management and good governance of the Territory. We are therefore delighted by the announcement of the latest round of Darwin Initiative funding for Local, Main and Strategic proposals, and welcome applications that will contribute to the broader aims of the Government.

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April 5, 2024

Invitation To Submit Proposals To Act As Mint For Commemorative Coins

The Commissioner is seeking to appoint a suitably competent and experienced Mint that can provide high quality commemorative coins in accordance with designs and specifications provided by the Government.

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March 12, 2024

Opening Of The Licence Application Round For The 2024 Krill Fishery

GSGSSI are pleased to announce the opening of the licence application round for the 2024 South Georgia krill fishery.

For details on how to apply please contact the Director of Fisheries by email –

March 11, 2024

HPAI Confirmed In Penguin Populations On South Georgia

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was first detected in the brown skua population on Bird Island, South Georgia in October 2023.

The most recent results from samples taken in early February have confirmed the presence of the disease in one colony of gentoo penguins and one colony of king penguins on South Georgia.

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February 26, 2024

Plans To Introduce Significant Enhancements To Marine Protection In The Southern Ocean

Government of South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands announces plans to introduce significant enhancements to marine protection in the Southern Ocean.

The announcement of an additional 166,000km2 of ‘No Take Zones’, covering an area 8 times the size of Wales, will result in 449,000km2 of highly biodiverse marine habitat being closed to all fishing activity.

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