CCAMLR Fisheries Observers (Toothfish)

(Recruitment now Open)

MRAG are currently recruiting fisheries observers for the South Georgia toothfish season. Observers will be deployed on board longliners targeting toothfish around South Georgia from approximately April to August, dependent on fishing activities, and will attend a one-week training course prior to deployment.

The toothfish fishery is managed and regulated by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI) in accordance with the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) system, including the establishment of one of the world’s largest Marine Protected Areas in 2012. Fisheries observers are deployed on board commercial fishing vessels and provide a vital role in the sustainable management of the fishery.

Duties include:

  • Collection of biometric data;
  • Bycatch monitoring;
  • Tagging of toothfish and skate;
  • Marine mammal and seabird observations.

Due to the requirements of the programme, only British passport holders can be considered.


Candidates should have a background in marine biology or fisheries and with relevant experience, specifically:

  • Degree in marine biology or other relevant discipline, or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • Participation in research cruises or scientific surveys is desirable ;
  • Previous employment as a fisheries observer or fisheries officer is desirable.

Prior to deployment, the following certificates must be obtained:

  • A Personal Survival Techniques or Basic Sea Survival certificate recognised by the International Convention on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), or a national equivalent, awarded by an accredited organisation;
  • An ENG-1 or equivalent seafarer’s Medical certificate, awarded by an accredited physician.

Certificates exceeding the above minimum standards, such as BOSIET sea survival or UKOOA Offshore Medical certificates, will also be accepted.

Still Interested in this post? Here is how you can get involved:

  • The Recruitment Form
  • Copies of relevant qualifications
  • Copies of your Sea Survival and Medical certificates must be provided before deployment
  • Contact details of two referees (no relatives)
  • You will be requested to provide written statements from your referees should you be successful after initial screening.

All applications should be submitted electronically.  Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send your application to