The Falkland Islands Natural Resources Department reported this week that high hake catches continue along with relatively low rock cod catches. Director of Natural Resources John Barton told the Fisheries Committee that hake currently represents the main finfish catch which is unusual.
Likewise there has been some increase in southern blue whiting catches but it remains a minor fishery at this point.
Barton also pointed out that it has been an average year for Falkland Calamari.
The final estimation of the Falkland Calamari biomass for the second season based on the pre-recruitment survey is 43,580 tons.
The September 7/13 week catches totaled, 3.003 tons, with 1.794 of Loligo; Hakes 816; Skate/Ray, 73; Rock Cod, 225; Red Cod, 14; Blue Whitting, 38; Kingclip, 24; Toothfish, 6, Others, 13.
Department Director Barton also confirmed that due to very low catches, licence fees in the Illex fishery were refunded at 70%. (PN)