MRAG are currently recruiting fisheries observers to work on krill vessels. Observers will be deployed on board trawlers targeting Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean. Prospective observers will be required to attend a training course prior to deployment.

There are currently places available on krill vessels operating around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Observers will need to fly to the Falkland Islands from 17th May and, after a period of quarantine, join the vessel where they will remain until the end of the fishing season. Exact dates are dependent on vessel schedules but the season typically ends in September.

The Antarctic krill 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.

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

A training session for krill observers will be held prior to the start 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.
  • Possession of a Seaman’s Book is preferable. However, MRAG may be able to support applications for a Seaman’s Book for candidates who lack one.

Sea survival certificate validity is 5 years of issue date or before the expiry date, whichever is sooner. Seafarer’s medical validity is within 2 years of issue date or before the expiry date, whichever is sooner. Certificates exceeding the above minimum standards, such as BOSIET sea survival or UKOOA Offshore Medical certificates, will also be accepted.

More information on national STCW providers can be found here www.stcwdirect.com

RYA sea survival courses are also recognised: Sea Survival | Specialist Short Courses | Courses | Courses & Training | RYA – Royal Yachting Association

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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.