Wednesday, November 25th 2015 - 00:18 UTC

UK and insurance industry committed to ensure compliance with illegal fishing regulations

MMO and FCO are targeting not just those directly involved in illegal fishing, but all individuals and companies who derive economic benefit from the practice

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Marine Management Organization (MMO) co-hosted a workshop on ensuring global compliance with illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing regulations, demonstrating the UK’s continued lead in the fight against illegal fishing.

Saturday, October 31st 2015 - 06:08 UTC

Frustration with CCAMLR meeting: no advance on conservation proposals

”CCAMLR failed to pass a single important measure to enhance conservation – its primary responsibility,” said Mark Epstein from ASOC

The 34th meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources closed Friday in Hobart, Tasmania with the unexpected emergence of China as a supporter for a revised Ross Sea MPA. The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) described the Commission’s slow progress to live up to its conservation responsibilities as “challenging”.

Tuesday, October 20th 2015 - 03:11 UTC

Antarctic Ocean Alliance calls on CCAMLR to agree on marine conservation areas

 CCAMLR pledged to establish two marine protected areas by 2012, but lack of consensus has failed to reach agreement on two major proposals

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) called on the 25 member countries gathering on Monday for the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to finally agree on lasting and significant Southern Ocean protection.

Wednesday, October 14th 2015 - 21:08 UTC

Billions of juvenile polar cod under the Arctic ice, confirmed by German marine biologists

The study recently published in Polar Biology, shows that only juvenile fish are found under the ice, a habitat that could disappear as a result of climate change.

Using a new net, marine biologists from Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl, allowing them to determine their large-scale distribution and origin. This information is of fundamental importance, as polar cod are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds in the Arctic.

Friday, October 2nd 2015 - 05:52 UTC

Uruguay and Argentina ban hake and squid captures in shared waters

In the case of hake, the fishing ban will last until 31 December while for the squid it will be valid until 30 April, 2016.

The Joint Technical Commission for the Maritime Front (CTMFM) announced a ban on hake (Merluccius hubbsi) and squid (Illex argentinus) capture in the Common Fishing Zone of Uruguay and Argentina as of Thursday October first.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 08:52 UTC

Argentine squid catch this season was down 23% to 127.217 tons

The jigger fleet of 65 vessels landed 117,038 tons of squid, 93.7% of the total. Most catches (98,048.7 tons) came from the area located south of latitude 44°.

The squid season closed in Argentina with a total landing of 127,216.9 tons of Illex argentinus, representing an annual decline of 23% (38,005.6 tons), according to the latest stats published by the Under secretariat of Fisheries of the Nation. Last year the catch totaled 165.221 tons.

Friday, September 18th 2015 - 14:27 UTC

Falklands' Fortuna Ltd. sponsors research on southern blue whiting

Wallace from Fortuna Ltd said research would help for the future management and understanding of the dynamics of southern blue whiting in the region.

Falkland Islands fishing company Fortuna Ltd has become a sponsor and research partner in a PhD student ship on southern blue whiting. The Falkland Islands Government fisheries Department (FIFD) and the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) are also collaborators in this research project.

Thursday, September 17th 2015 - 09:19 UTC

Fisheries worldwide on the brink of collapse, because of over fishing says WWF

Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International said mismanagement was pushing “the ocean to the brink of collapse”.

The amount of fish in the oceans has halved since 1970, in a plunge to the “brink of collapse” caused by over-fishing and other threats, the WWF conservation group said on Wednesday.Populations of some commercial fish stocks, such as a group including tuna, mackerel and bonito, had fallen by almost 75%, according to a study by WWF and the Zoological Society of London, ZSL.

Friday, September 4th 2015 - 12:15 UTC

Toothfish Day celebration in South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

On September 4 (today), Toothfish Day is celebrated to follow the end of the toothfish season at South Georgia.

Every country has its bank holidays. Some are widespread such as Christmas Day and Good Friday, others are unique such as Peat Cutting Monday in the Falklands
and Melon Day in Turkmenistan.

Monday, August 31st 2015 - 12:04 UTC

Norway is testing the world's first electric fishing vessel

The vessel model Selfa El-max 1099, which is to be named Karoline, is in line with Øra's compromise to decrease CO2 emissions and modernize the fleet

Norwegian boat builder Selfa Arctic AS is now supplying the world's first electric fishing vessel. In effect Norwegian fishing company Øra AS has order the world’s first electric fishing vessel, which has been under construction since last autumn.


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