Fisheries

Fisheries
Saturday, August 1st 2015 - 12:57 UTC

UN agreement to combat illegal fishing (IUU) close to ratification

“Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is estimated to strip between $10 billion and $23 billion from the global economy”, said the FAO release

Thirteen additional countries need to ratify an agreement brokered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to combat illegal fishing by blocking ports to ships known or believed to be carrying illicit catches that account for more than 15% of global output, the agency said today.

Saturday, July 25th 2015 - 00:33 UTC

Falklands' trawlers under investigation for alleged misreported catches

Fishing companies applied for the release of the vessels which had been called in by the Director of Fisheries John Barton for investigation in late June

Three Falkland Islands fishing vessels' owner/operators were ordered by the Supreme Court to pay £200.000 security bonds to return to sea while investigations are ongoing on potential anomalies on their catches and species reports. The value of the vessels range between one and 3.5 million pounds.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Australia debates effects of warming ocean waters on its fisheries

“My research is showing that some of these things look like they have already increased in abundance because of climate change” says Prof Shauna Murray (Pic C. Pearce)

New evidence is emerging that climate change could join overfishing as a major threat to the world's seafood supplies. While Australia – a small producer on a global scale, accounting for only 0.2% of the world's seafood – has relatively healthy fisheries, it is suddenly and quite brutally feeling the effects of warming ocean waters.

Wednesday, July 22nd 2015 - 01:07 UTC

“Another example of efforts to damage the Falklands' economy”

“Argentina in 2005 unilaterally withdrew from that agreement to the detriment of both Falklands and Argentine fisheries”, claimed MLA Rendell.

The Falkland Islands government reacted strongly to statements by the Argentine official in charge of Malvinas affairs who claimed that “the theft of squid and other valuable fish stocks” in the South Atlantic, was the reason behind the success of the Islands' economy, according to a report from the Express.co.uk.

Monday, June 22nd 2015 - 05:17 UTC

IUU fishing: Spain announces €11 million penalties against Galicia syndicate

The fines, the highest known, are issued against companies and individuals for 19 serious infringements linked to illegal fishing activities in Southern Ocean.

Spanish government last Friday announced penalties that could reach more than €11 million against Spanish nationals, including companies involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. An EU coalition of three international NGOs, including Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana and WWF described the fines as a historic moment in the battle against IUU fishing and are calling on other EU member states to follow suit with their own nationals.

Wednesday, June 17th 2015 - 04:38 UTC

Falklands have a bright future and Islanders the resolve to face harassment and bullying

Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire MP delivers his speech

The Falkland Islands have a bright future, not without challenges, or harassment or bullying, but the Islanders will face them with the same strength, tenacity and resolve that helped them through the conflict 33 years ago, said Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire at the annual Falklands' Government Reception in London.

Tuesday, June 9th 2015 - 07:28 UTC

FI Holdings' profits helped by Falklands increased activity and investments

Falkland Islands Company business was buoyed by a record squid catch and greater activities in the Islands due to the spring 2015 drilling program.

Falkland Islands Holdings PLC said on Monday that underlying pre-tax profit and revenue was broadly flat in its recently-ended financial year, and trading so far in the new year has met its expectations as it seeks to accelerate its growth and increase its scale through acquisitions.

Saturday, June 6th 2015 - 09:16 UTC

Punta Arenas fishing industry complains of a sharp fall in catches and landings

“In 2012 we had 11 vessels in the fisheries, and now we are down to four, which means dropping from 30.000 to 10.000 tons of exports”, pointed out Gutierrez.(Pic LPA)

The fishing industry in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, is going through a serious recession --30% fall in landings-- which is not only impacting the activity of the four main companies, with lesser jobs, but also port operations and the price of freight as volumes are smaller, warned this week Enrique Gutierrez, General Manager of Pesca Chile.

Wednesday, June 3rd 2015 - 09:24 UTC

Falklands advances despite Argentine disruption and blockade efforts, says Acting Governor Sandra Tyler-Haywood

“These are exciting times for the Falkland Islands. The past year has seen significant developments in many areas”, said Acting Governor Sandra Tyler Haywood

Falkland Islands' Her Honour the Acting Governor delivered on Tuesday his State of the Nation speech to the elected Legislative Assembly underlining progress and expansion achieved in the economy and community development, the UK resolute in defending the rights and wishes of the Falkland Islanders to develop their own natural resources, and despite Argentine disruption and blockade efforts, first oil is expected to be produced in 2019.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015 - 20:44 UTC

'Record' seven-foot conger eel trawled off Plymouth in UK

“What a beast!” Plymouth Fisheries posted on Twitter, alongside a photo of the slimy giant. But the 130 lbs fish was auctioned at only 43 British pounds

Commercial fishermen trawling off the coast of the United Kingdom near Plymouth were stunned last week when they brought aboard a seven-foot, roughly 130-pound conger eel. The eel had gotten caught up in the trawler’s nets and was already dead by the time it was brought out of the water, but its sheer size surprised even the fishermen on board.

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