Tuesday, January 15th 2013 - 03:03 UTC

Falklands confirms leadership in international cephalopod scientific research

An award for outstanding research has been awarded to a Falklands scientist at the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC). CIAC is an international consultative body that was founded in 1983 with the aim to stimulate, accelerate and influence the direction of investigation of squids, octopodes, cuttlefishes and their relatives.

Squid fisheries, considered among the best managed in the world, is the main source of income of the Falklands

A busy day in Stanley when jiggers arrive to collect their licences

It also provides help and advice on different aspects of cephalopod biology, including those relevant to the management of their increasingly important fisheries.
The CIAC consists of eighteen distinguished scientists twelve of whom are elected for six years’ term at the symposiums, which is held every three years, and six others remain until the next elections.

The recent symposium of CIAC took place from October 27 to November 2 in Florianopolis, Brazil, and was attended by 160 delegates from 24 countries, among them two Falkland scientists from the Fisheries Department: a member of CIAC Vlad Laptikhovsky and ex-president of CIAC Alexander (Sasha) Arkhipkin.

A total of 94 oral presentations and 133 posters dealt with different aspects of cephalopod biology and fisheries, primarily with squid and octopus population dynamics, environmental effects, stock assessment and management, age and growth, reproductive biology, aquaculture, role in marine systems, systematic studies, and evolution.

A vivid discussion and exchange of ideas gave rise to a few project aimed to develop our knowledge of these exotic and tasty creatures with complicate behaviour and very flexible life spans.

Among traditional topics raised at the symposium was a choice for the best scientific cephalopod publication that summarises the most outstanding research during last three years. This honorary title was awarded to a paper.

of Sasha as the first author (under the title ‘Vestigial phragmocone in the gladius points to a deepwater origin of squid’) where he proved that modern squid evolved in deep seas, not in shallow waters as all marine biologists and palaeontologists believed before.
The paper was selected unanimously, in spite of the wide range of researches nominated for this award.

Sasha was also re-elected as a CIAC member. This brought the total number of the Falkland scientists in CIAC to two out of eighteen. (PN).

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1 Boovis (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 05:47 am Report abuse
Cue some “clever” argie posting that 19th century picture of the British Empire Octopus again *yawn*.
2 Simon68 (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 12:10 pm Report abuse
The names of the two Falklands scientists, Vlad Laptikhovsky and ex-president of CIAC Alexander (Sasha) Arkhipkin, just go to prove that the Falkland Islanders are a British (English) “implanted” population!!!!!!!!!!
3 Gustbury (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 12:36 pm Report abuse
4 Orbit (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 03:15 pm Report abuse
@3 - Thank goodness they aren't, otherwise they would be added to the long list of things that are managed on a “counter model” basis, i.e. abysmally and on a short-term CFK-random-bi-polar-whim-of-the-day horizon, resulting in painful terminal decline.
5 GFace (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 03:59 pm Report abuse
Why am I so tempted to scream “SQUID LAUNCHER!!!!”? (No doubt will will hear complaints about militarizing the South Atlantic with bi0-inspired weaponry of cartoonish distraction).
6 Argie (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 04:03 pm Report abuse
How can de you sure that a giant squid will not emerge from the Sound's depths to taste what the British taste like?
7 Rufus (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 05:32 pm Report abuse
@3 Presumably the resources don't extend to a way to turn caps-lock off?
8 briton (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 07:35 pm Report abuse
cuttlefishes and their relatives.
The Human Argentines,

Remarkable, DNA lol.

9 Pete Bog (#) Jan 15th, 2013 - 11:25 pm Report abuse
Because the giant squid will be used to Argentine flesh when they were being chucked into the sea in the 1970 sand 1980s.

Besides how does the squid escape our subs?
10 Argie (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 06:59 pm Report abuse
To Briton

England I know you
from North to South
head to feet
days and nights.
I know your sun
your moon
your rain and sleet.
And I admire
your people's love
and courage, such
that there's no need
for England expects:
I know that now
or anytime
she'll back you
to keep your land
11 briton (#) Jan 16th, 2013 - 07:44 pm Report abuse
hey great poem Argie i like it.
12 Argie (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 04:05 pm Report abuse
Sorry for my rotten English. My first language was Middle English. ha!
13 briton (#) Jan 17th, 2013 - 07:40 pm Report abuse

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