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Some Chilean Sea Bass Is Labeled Sustainable
Marine Stewardship Council, independent international environmental agency based in London, certifies as sustainable a small Chilean sea bass fishery in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands in South Atlantic near Antarctica; Whole Foods says Chilean sea bass it has resumed selling comes only from that fishery; photo (M)
Lesley Friedsam and Peter Damisch
Lesley Friedsam and Peter Damisch wed on sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia; photos (Vows Column) (M)
Retracing an Ill-Fated Shackleton Expedition
PBS/Nova Online (www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/shackelton) will follow three modern mountaineers as they retrace Sir Ernest Shackleton's journey across glacier peaks of South Georgia Island in successful quest to rescue crew of his ship, which was caught and crushed in ice during 1914 Antarctic expedition; photo (S)
Antarctica's Summer Resort
Robert O Paxton article on viewing penguins, seals and other wildlife on South Georgia Island, remote sliver of British territory 1,200 miles east of Cape Horn in far southern Atlantic Ocean; photos; map; journey is made aboard Akademik Ioffe, chartered Russian polar research vessel (M)
BRITAIN RETAKES ANOTHER ATLANTIC ISLAND FROM ARGENTINA
Britain said today that it had reclaimed the last of its South Atlantic possessions from Argentina without a fight. It said troops based on the Falkland Islands swooped onto Thule, the southernmost of the remote South Sandwich Islands, and captured a team of Argentine scientists. Britain said the scientists were there illegally, but Buenos Aires, which confirmed the takeover, said an agreement had been reached years ago authorizing their presence.
BRITISH REPORTEDLY LAND ON SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS
Argentina said tonight that British forces attacked and surrounded an Argentine scientific survey station in the South Sandwich Islands. The islands are a British dependancy of the Falkland Islands. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that British helicopters today fired on the station, situated on the tiny island of Thule, one of the southernmost islands in the group, which lies more than 1,000 miles southeast of the Argentine coast in the South Atlantic. The attack would be the first hostile action in the area since Argentina seized the Falkland Islands 11 weeks ago. Britain completed the recapture of the Falklands on Monday when Argentine troops there surrendered.
2 British Helicopters Crashed In Retaking of South Georgia
Two British helicopters crashed on South Georgia Island while the navy prepared for the assault that recaptured the island from Argentina last month, the Defense Ministry said tonight.
British Free Captives From South Georgia
About 150 Argentine soldiers and 30 civilians captured when British forces retook the island of South Georgia, southeast of the Falklands, are on their way home, Defense Ministry officials said today. They said the prisoners left South Georgia by ship Tuesday, but they would not give the destination. Ministry sources said they thought the ships were headed for Uruguay.
BRITAIN REPORTS TROOPS SEIZE KEY HARBOR ON SOUTH GEORGIA AFTER FIRING ON ARGENTINE SUB
Argentina said early today that British forces had "apparent initial success" in their assault on the remote South Atlantic island of South Georgia. Britain said it had captured South Georgia's principal port of Grytviken. Argentina's military junta said in a communique this morning that its forces "fell back from their initial positions and continue fighting in interior zones with an unbreakable spirit of combat." The statement followed a series of communiques that appeared to be preparing the Argentine public for the news that the first battle of the Falkland Islands crisis had been lost. As President Leopoldo Galtieri met with other military chiefs, the last statement issued Sunday night said the commander of Argentine marines at Leith Harbor, the other Argentine-defended position on South Georgia, "in his last message, communicated that he has destroyed his codes and would do the same with his radio before confronting the final combat."
HAIG MISSION THROWN INTO DOUBT BY ARGENTINE'S STATEMENT ON TALKS
Future American mediation efforts in the Falklands crisis were thrown into doubt tonight when Argentina's Foreign Minister asked for a postponement of a meeting with Secretary of State Alexander M. Haig Jr. and later said Argentina had suspended talks because of Britain's military action in South Georgia. Foreign Minister Nicanor Costa Mendez said he had decided not to see Mr. Haig as planned because the attack by the British led Argentina to believe that ''the negotiations with Britain had terminated.'' The State Department, however, declined to say the American effort had ended. It said, shortly before Mr. Costa Mendez spoke, that Mr. Haig had had long telephone conversations this afternoon with the Argentine Foreign Minister and would speak with him Monday.
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