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SGA Notices

Albatross Talk is Online

The SGA Online Talk of 28 November 2021, Saving Ocean Wanderers, was attended by about 150 Zoom viewers. If you missed it, you can catch up on our YouTube channel. You can see this, and our previous talks, on the SGA Video Recordings page via the Resources menu on our website.

Online SGA Talk – 18 November 2021 – Saving Ocean Wanderers

The South Georgia Association is pleased to present another online talk on Thursday 18 November 2021.

Who and What:

Saving Ocean Wanderers – why Japan is important in the fight to save South Georgia albatross, with Steph Prince and Yasuko Suzuki.

Richard Phillips, Seabird Foodweb Ecologist at the British Antarctic Survey will compere and ask your questions.

Steph Prince is the High Seas Programme Manager for the BirdLife Marine Programme, leading projects to reduce seabird bycatch in global tuna fisheries around the world. She was previously a Zoological Field Assistant for the British Antarctic Survey, wintering at both Bird Island and King Edward Point.

Yasuko Suzuki is the Japan Marine Programme Office for BirdLife International, leading engagement work with the Japanese fishing industry, government, the tuna supply chain and the Japanese public to reduce seabird bycatch in distant water High Seas fleets.

Despite protections being put in place to stop albatrosses and other seabirds being accidentally killed in South Georgia waters in the early 2000’s, albatross populations continue to decline to this day. Since 2004 BirdLife International have been working to reduce albatross bycatch on the High Seas, where less protection for seabirds has been in place. Tracking studies have shown where conservation efforts need to be concentrated, and which fleets pose the greatest risk. Japan is one of the countries that has the potential to make the biggest difference to albatross conservation and so Yasuko is working to engage the fishing industry and public to make the oceans safer for South Georgia albatross.

The SGA supported this project with our Initiative Fund. More details HERE.

Where: The Comfort of your own Home, via Zoom

When: 1930 GMT on Thursday 18 November 2021

Cost: Free

Registration Details will be distributed to members by email nearer the time, after which they will be posted here and on our FaceBook page.

Cover of the GSGSSI Protect Sustain Inspire Document 2021

GSGSSI Consultation: Developing Criteria for Monitoring the Implementation of the ‘Protect Sustain Inspire’ five-year plan.

UPDATE: The Deadline has been extended to 24 November 2021.

South Georgia’s government (GSGSSI) recently published ‘Protect, Sustain, Inspire’ (PSI), their five-year framework for managing the territory over the next few years. They are now developing a system of Milestones and Success Criteria, by which their progress in implementing the aims of the framework can be gauged.

GSGSSI have published a four-page document describing a preliminary set of milestones they have identified, and inviting your views on other milestones that might be appropriate, and their relative priorities, or indeed any of their milestones that might not be appropriate. Deadline for submission via the online form is 24 November 2021 (extended from 12 November).

to see the PSI document, the consultation document, and to take part in the online survey on the GSGSSI website.

Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2022 – Call for Nominations

Please Note: Deadline Extended to 28 February 2022

The South Georgia Association is inviting nominations for the award of the Morag Husband Campbell medal for the fifth year.

MHC Medal
The Morag Husband Campbell Medal

The Medal has been made possible by a generous bequest from a long-standing and enthusiastic supporter of the Association, Miss Morag Husband Campbell.

It comprises a Sterling silver relief medallion, 60mm in diameter. The name of the recipient and the year will be inscribed on the reverse. It is intended to award the Medal every year or every other year depending upon nominations.

Morag Husband Campbell
Morag Husband Campbell

The Association has agreed that the Medal should be awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the understanding, appreciation and promotion of South Georgia. This would encompass

  • i) scientific studies as well as in the arts and humanities including culture, history, heritage, artistic endeavour etc.,
  • ii) adventurous travel and “exploration”, or
  • iii) activities which enhance the wider appreciation of South Georgia (e.g. in the media or through administrative functions).

Nominations (self-nominations are not permitted) should be made on an official Nomination Form available below and from the Secretary of the Association. to whom they should be sent no later than 28 February 2022 .

The award would be made in 2022 at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Given present uncertainties regarding Covid-19 in the UK the AGM may be either delayed or conducted by video streaming.

Professor David J Drewry
Chair SGA

Download the Nomination Form Here:

Morag Husband Campbell Medal Nomination Form 2022 (36 KB)

Online SGA Talk – 20 May 2021

The South Georgia Association in association with the South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) are pleased to present another online talk on Thursday 20 May 2021.

Who: Marcus Brittain from the University of Cambridge will tell us about the recent SGHT Archaeology Expedition to the island to investigate the historic sealing sites. Bob Burton from the SGHT will also be there to tell us a little about what the fur seals were used for, and why they were hunted so far away.

Where: The Comfort of your own Home, via Zoom

When: 1930 BST (1830 GMT/UTC) on Thursday 20 May 2021

Cost: Free

April 2021 Newsletter Published

The South Georgia Association’s April 2021 Newsletter has been published. Attached are the 2021 audited accounts summary and a cut-out-and-make model of the RRS James Clark Ross, which features in the Newsletter.

Members’ copies will be in the post soon and we will send you an email link for the digital version.

Older issues are free for anybody to download from the newsletters page of this website. (Now including last April’s Newsletter)
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Morag Husband Campbell Medal 2021 – Call for Nominations – Deadline Extended to 12 Feb 2021

The South Georgia Association is inviting nominations for the award of the Morag Husband Campbell medal for the fourth year.

MHC Medal
The Morag Husband Campbell Medal

The Medal has been made possible by a generous bequest from a long-standing and enthusiastic supporter of the Association, Miss Morag Husband Campbell.

It comprises a Sterling silver relief medallion, 60mm in diameter. The name of the recipient and the year will be inscribed on the reverse. It is intended to award the Medal every year or every other year depending upon nominations.

Morag Husband Campbell
Morag Husband Campbell

The Association has agreed that the Medal should be awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to the understanding, appreciation and promotion of South Georgia. This would encompass

  • i) scientific studies as well as in the arts and humanities including culture, history, heritage, artistic endeavour etc.,
  • ii) adventurous travel and “exploration”, or
  • iii) activities which enhance the wider appreciation of South Georgia (e.g. in the media or through administrative functions).

Nominations (self-nominations are not permitted) should be made on an official Nomination Form available below and from the Secretary of the Association. to whom they should be sent no later than 31st December 2020. 12 February 2021.

The award would be made in 2021 at the Annual General Meeting of the Association. Given present uncertainties regarding Covid-19 in the UK the AGM may be either delayed or conducted by video streaming.

Professor David J Drewry
Chairman

Download the Nomination Form Here:

Morag Husband Campbell Medal Nomination Form 2021 (35 KB)

November 2020 Newsletter Published

The South Georgia Association’s November 2020 Newsletter has been published.

Members’ copies will be in the post soon.
Members will be emailed a password to allow them to download an electronic copy from the newsletters page of this website.
Older issues are free for anybody to download.

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