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CCAMLR Fisheries Observers (Patagonian Toothfish and Antarctic Krill) – 2019 season

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Location   Antarctic & South Atlantic
Type   Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status   Full Time
Level   First Level
Deadline   31/03/2019
Company Name   MRAG
Contact Name  
Website   Further Details / Applications
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MRAG is currently recruiting fisheries observers to work on toothfish and krill vessels.

Toothfish observers will be deployed on board longliners targeting Patagonian Toothfish in the Southern Ocean starting from around mid-late April. Krill observers will be deployed on board trawlers targeting Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean starting from around June.

Both fisheries are managed and regulated by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), and within South Georgia further management measures are applied by the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI). As an observer you will be deployed on board commercial fishing vessels and provide a vital role in the sustainable management of the fishery. Further information is available here https://www.ccamlr.org/en/fisheries/fisheries and here http://www.gov.gs/fisheries/overview/ .

Duties include:

  • Collection of biometric data on target species;
  • Collection of biometric data on bycatch;
  • Marine mammal and seabird observations.

Due to the requirements of the programme, only holders of a passport from a CCAMLR Member State (individual countries) can be considered: https://www.ccamlr.org/en/organisation/members

A joint training session for toothfish and krill observers will be held prior to the start of the season. This is currently scheduled for 1st-5th April 2019. Upon completion, observers will be qualified for deployments on both toothfish and krill vessels. Please note that due to further requirements of the krill programme, only British passport holders can be deployed on krill vessels.


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;
  • Applications should highlight numbers of days worked at sea (paid or voluntary)

Prior to deployment, the following certificates must be obtained:

  • 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.

Prior to deployment, the following immunisations must be obtained or in date:

  •    Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTP or Revaxis Polio)
  •    Meningitis ACWY
  •    Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  •    Tuberculosis
  •    Hepatitis A
  •    Hepatitis B

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 observer_reg@mrag.co.uk

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