Falkland Islands license fees for the 2008 Illex squid season will remain at 2007 levels. The decision was confirmed during the August meeting of the Falklands' Executive Council in spite of the fact that 2007 has proved one of the best years on record in terms of level catches.
The Illex squid season in the Uruguay/Argentina Common Fisheries Zone, CFZ, ends next August 31st, according to a release from the Maritime Front Joint Technical committee.
The Onboard Observers Programme of the Argentine province of Chubut Fisheries Secretariat (POBCH) will participate in the Oceanic Bio-geographic Information System (OBIS) by supplying periodic marine biodiversity data acquired from fishing results on specific species.
Argentina's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Foods (SAGP&A) established strict limits on common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) catches with the purpose of safeguarding the species fisheries.
A drop in hake catches, international prices coupled with problems arising from the several weeks strike in Mar del Plata (Buenos Aires province), when workers blocked access to port facilities protesting low salaries, have all had an impact on Argentina's fisheries industry.
The United States based Seafood Watch Program (SWP) has blacklisted Chilean seabass, advising U.S. consumers that the fish species is commonly exposed to mercury contamination. To prevent possible health risks, SWP suggests a significant decrease in Chilean seabass consumption, especially for children, who should be restricted to a maximum of one serving per month.
Uruguay and FAO, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, signed last July an agreement for the implementation of a three years fisheries management project which hopefully will make Uruguay's fishing industry more efficient and with greater technical emphasis.
Chile's National Fishing Service (SERNAPESCA) has instructed salmon farmers to kill fish found to be infected with the lethal Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA), a highly contagious virus that was recently detected on several fish farms in Region X.
President Nestor Kirchner promised Spain full compensation to the Spanish fishing companies torched during a July labor dispute in his home Patagonia province of Santa Cruz, plus pressing charges against those responsible, including union leaders.
The port of Mar del Plata, in the Province of Buenos Aires, began to recover its normal momentum after a 10-day blockade. Once the workers accepted the entrepreneurs' proposal on a guaranteed minimum wage and their legalised situation within a 100-day period, the fish skinning workers finally lifted their strike, and the sector's activity has resumed.