Wednesday, August 20th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

Red tide devastates mussel growing and canning industry in Galicia

“It has pretty much stopped all activities at the 67 plants in Galicia because we only process local production” said Juan Manuel Vieites from ANFACO.

The presence of the lipophilic toxin in the Galician estuaries, (northwest Spain) has caused the closure of almost all Galician mussel polygons and forced the closure of activities in the local canning industry. The red tide is currently blocking 90% of the rafts production, since only two polygons located in Betanzos and four in Redondela are open, reported Atlantico news.

Friday, August 15th 2014 - 06:40 UTC

Chilean lawmakers approve initiative to ban trawling in territorial waters

“Gradually reducing the effort of trawling is a presidential commitment, where marine ecosystems harmed by trawling also benefit,” pointed out Machuca.

The House of Representatives approved this week a draft agreement to ban trawling in Chile. With 55 votes in support, six against and five abstentions, the deputies voted in favor of the Draft Resolution No. 100, which requests the Executive to submit a legislative initiative to amend Article 49 of Act No. 18,892 in order to ban fish catching by trawling.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 22:12 UTC

Galicia closes a third of mussel polygons because of resurgent bio-toxic red tide

Mussel farms are a common sight along the Galician coast

The Xunta of Galicia in the northwest of Spain banned the extraction of mussels in 18 of the 55 floating nurseries of the autonomous region, that is to say, in 32% of the total capacity because of the presence of lipophilic biotoxin.

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 06:23 UTC

Spain celebrates as 'excellent' the latest EC fisheries TACs and quotas awarded

Minister Arias Cañete underlined the “grand bargain achieved by Spain” with  significant increases in fishing quotas in almost all resources of interest

The head of the Ministry of Food and Environment (Magrama), Miguel Arias Cañete, highlighted the ”excellent results achieved by Spain in negotiating total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for 2014.”

Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:04 UTC

EU sanctions 10 countries for overfishing with reduction of fishing quotas

“If we want to be serious in our fight against overfishing, we need to apply our rules by the book, and respect of quotas” said Commissioner  Damanaki.

The European Commission (EC) has decided to sanction Spain and nine other Member States for exceeding their fishing quotas during the past financial year, and reduce their fishing opportunities for 2014. This measure is intended to repair the damage caused to resources and in this way ensure the sustainable capture of resources.

Tuesday, August 5th 2014 - 06:11 UTC

Uruguay's main fish processing company under administrative protection

Fripur employs 1.100 people, normally is responsible for 30% of Uruguay's annual exports and currently has liabilities in the range of 70 million dollars.

Uruguay's largest fishing and processing company FRIPUR, has requested administrative protection, or a voluntary concordat with creditors following financial problems with banks and other providers. Liabilities are over 70 million dollars of which 50 million with two banks, according to sources close to the request. The company employs 1.100 people.

Thursday, July 17th 2014 - 06:30 UTC

Uruguay fisheries exports reach 33.921 tons in first half of the year

Hake and croaker were the main export items

Uruguay fisheries exports during the first half of the year reached 33.921 tons, which represent a 13.2% increase over the same period a year ago, while in money terms sales totaled 76.6 million dollars, up 17.7%, according to the latest release from Aquatic Resources National Office, DINARA, published in the official government portal.

Wednesday, July 16th 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Amazing new invention from UK business ready to save the Southern Ocean’s Albatross

Dead black-browed Albatross in Uruguay fishery ( Credit M. Abreu, BirdLife International )

Globally, an albatross dies on a fishing hook every 5 seconds. Since working with Falklands Conservation from 1996-2005, biologist Becky Ingham has wanted to help prevent the decline of these iconic birds. The Hookpod is a clever new invention that catches fish, not birds and here Becky tells us how ot works.

Wednesday, July 9th 2014 - 07:50 UTC

Chile fisheries landings in five months total 1.6 million tons, up 24%

Demersal catches overall were down while farmed Atlantic salmon production was up 16.8%

Chile's accumulated fisheries landings during the first five months of the year totaled 1.6 million tons, up 24% from the five months of 2013, when 1.3 million tons were landed.

Monday, July 7th 2014 - 22:57 UTC

Flying squid controversy in Chile between artisanal fishermen and industry

Chilean fisheries official Raul Sunico said the government is committed to the 80% catch for artisanal fishermen

The Chilean government insists that it has a single position on the jumbo flying squid fisheries management controversy currently exposed to a conflict of interests: 80% of the catch for the artisanal sector and 20% for industry.


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