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CCAMLR Fisheries Observers (Patagonian Toothfish)-2022 season

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MRAG are currently recruiting fisheries observers to work on toothfish longline vessels. Observers will be deployed on longline vessels targeting Patagonian and Antarctic toothfish in the Southern Ocean starting from 1st May. They will be required to attend a training course prior to deployment. Initial deployments will be on longline vessels operating around South Georgia, in the South Atlantic, followed by deployments in the Ross Sea, Antarctica.

The Antarctic toothfish fishery is 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.

Duties include:

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

A training session will be held prior to the start of the season. Deployments in the current season are anticipated to run from May to July and July to September (exact dates dependent upon fishing activities). An additional training course will be run in June prior to the second half of the season.


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:

  • 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.
  • A full covid-19 vaccine must be obtained prior to deployment

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

Applicants accepted for training will need to provide copies of relevant qualifications upon request. Copies of your Sea Survival and Medical certificates must be provided before deployment

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

For any enquiries please email observer_reg@mrag.co.uk

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