S.Georgia : South Georgia Fishing and Shipping News
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 25.05.2013 (Article Archived on 22.06.2013)
The tourist season ended on April 7th with the visit of the last tourist ship Plancius with 53 passengers. This vessel and the one before it, Bark Europa on April 1st, were both heading north from the Island towards Tristan da Cunha.
South Georgia Fishing
and Shipping News
From the South Georgia Newsletter
The tourist season ended on April 7th with the visit of the last tourist
ship Plancius with 53 passengers. This vessel and the one before it, Bark
Europa on April 1st, were both heading north from the Island towards
Tristan da Cunha.
The month started with two longliners fishing for toothfish in the South
Sandwich Islands Southern zone and achieving fairly good catches. Three further
vessels were inspected and licensed in the lead up to the early opening of the
South Georgia toothfish fishery on April 11th. The South Georgia toothfish
fishery officially opens on May 1st, but a conditional 20-day extension allowed
licensed vessels that were fully compliant with CCAMLR Conservation Measures
during the previous CCAMLR season (2011/12) to start fishing on April 11th.
Catches for early season in the South Georgia fishery were very good. The
toothfish fishing fleet was at full capacity when the sixth longliner arrived
at Cumberland Bay for inspection and licensing on April 28th.
There were also visits from two research vessels: the German vessel Polarstern
which has been in the area for some weeks conducting research at sea and
supporting a field party doing lake coring; and the British Antarctic Survey
(BAS) vessel James Clark Ross making the final call of the season to