The Falkland Islands total allowable effort and catch limits for 2013 will be largely the same as in 2012 it was agreed at the Islands’ Fisheries Committee Meeting this week.
Director of Natural Resources John Barton explained the background and noted that a presentation on the 2013 Fisheries Advice paper was given to Falkland Islands Fisheries Company Association (FIFCA) members in June with the opportunity for discussion and questions.
The paper was circulated to FIFCA on July 4 with the opportunity for FIFCA members to provide any comments.
A paper presented to the committee noted that because catch limits and effort were similar to 2012: “As such most fisheries will see no or only minor adjustments in fishing time.”
It was also agreed at the meeting that access conditions for the 2013 illex fishery would be on substantially the same terms as the 2012 fishery, with a modification to the refund policy.
The 2012 fishery was reasonable with around 87.000 tons of illex caught. License uptake was good with approximately 100 jiggers involved from Korea and Taiwan.
Mr Barton said: “Whilst catches did not reach the threshold catch level which would dictate no refund, adjusting for the value of the catch ruled out any refund.” (PN).-