We operate one of the few specialist fleets that are licensed to fish in the internationally important ecosystem of the South Georgia and Ross Sea Marine Protected Areas – (MPAs). Fish stocks in these areas are carefully monitored for sustainability, meaning catch accuracy and operating within strict regulations are key.
South Georgia MPA
In February 2012, the GSGSSI announced the creation of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) covering the South Georgia and South Sandwich (SGSSI) maritime zone north of 60°S.
This created a 1.24million km2 MPA where all bottom trawling is banned – and no bottom fishing is permitted in waters shallower than 700m. Further restrictions were introduced in June 2013, including: a ban on bottom fishing in waters deeper than 2,250m, the creation of some benthic closed areas in the depths fished for toothfish and the seasonal closure of the krill fishery.
Ross Sea MPA
In October 2016, CCAMLR member countries agreed to a joint USA/New Zealand proposal to establish a 1.55million km2 Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea. This new MPA, came into force in December 2017 to restrict certain activities in order to meet specific conservation, habitat protection, ecosystem monitoring and fisheries management objectives.
Seventy-two percent of the MPA will be a 'no-take' zone, which forbids all fishing – while other sections will permit some harvesting of fish and krill for scientific research.