The southern stocks of Argentine hake (Mercluccius hubbsi) are in fragile biological balance which will have a negative impact on catches this year and even more in 2008.
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Argentina in the first 11 months of last year exported 550,000 tonnes of fresh and processed sea and river fish and seafood for 1.15 billion dollars, more than in the 12 months of 2005, when it sold abroad 445,000 tonnes for 799 million dollars, the SENASA phytosanitary watchdog said in a report yesterday.
The indiscriminate Argentine anchovy (Engraulis anchoita) fishing in the southern zone of Argentina could inflict serious damage to Magallanic penguins, whales, seals and sea lions population numbers, warned a study published in prominent scientific magazine Science.
Moeller-Maersk and 407 other shipping lines increased their capacity to move containers 14 percent in 2006, the fastest pace in six years, as trade expanded, data from Containerisation International showed.
Chile's fisheries exports totaled 2.945 billion US dollars during the first ten months of 2006, up 19.6% over the same period a year ago, according to the Fisheries Under Secretariat, SUBPESCA. But figures also show that the total volume was 1.157 million tons compared to 1.36 million tons in 2005, which means 18% less.
Britain's Royal Navy fishery patrol ships received a new lease on life when the Ministry of Defence settled a GBP 52 million (USD 101 million) deal with Portsmouth shipbuilders. The new contract with VT Group effectively guarantees that the HMS Tyne, HMS Severn and HMS Mersey will remain at sea until the end of 2013.
The Undersecretariat of Fishing and Development Activities of the Delta Area is now publishing on its web site maps that show the real-time positions of fishing vessels equipped with satellite monitoring devices, the Ministry of Agrarian Affairs (MAA) reported.
Argentina's Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Secretariat, SAGP y A, established a total 2007 allowable catch, TAC, of 340.000 tons of common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) which is 10.5% lower than last year's TAC of 380.000 tons.
A Taiwanese flagged vessel was arrested by the Argentine Coast Guard accused of fishing inside Argentina's EEZ and is currently en route to Comodoro Rivadavia.