Fisheries

Fisheries
Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:58 UTC

Tougher scrutiny of Japanese bids to kill whales for “scientific research”

The New Zealand resolution drew heavily on findings by the ICJ that nations wishing to engage in whale research must show why killing is justified.

Nations agreed on measures Thursday to toughen scrutiny of future Japanese bids to kill whales in the name of scientific research, which critics say is a cover for commercial hunts.

Friday, September 19th 2014 - 06:53 UTC

Top marks for South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery

“South Georgia is a unique environment and the GSGSSI will continue in its efforts to improve all aspects of the fishery,” said GSGSSI Fisheries Collins.

The South Georgia Patagonian toothfish fishery renewed its five-yearly Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the third consecutive time. The fishery, which was first MSC certified in 2004, received an average score of 96 out of 100 in the latest assessment, said the government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands (GSGSSI).

Thursday, September 18th 2014 - 02:55 UTC

NZ scientists examine giant squid caught in Antarctica' Ross Sea

The squid is a female, and its eight arms are each well over a meter long. Its two tentacles would have been perhaps double that length if not damaged.

It was a calm morning in Antarctica's remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with tentacles like fire hoses and eyes like dinner plates from a mile below the surface. A colossal squid: 350 kilograms, as long as a minibus and one of the sea’s most elusive species.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 07:41 UTC

Norwegian company buys Acuinova Chile with 40.000 tons production capacity

Asset purchase includes a hatchery, a smolt facility, 36 sea water licenses and a primary and secondary processing facility, all located in Chile's Region XI.

Norwegian giant salmon-faming company Marine Harvest has announced an agreement to purchase assets of the former Chilean farming company Acuinova Chile SA, currently in bankruptcy, for 120 million dollars.

Tuesday, September 16th 2014 - 05:36 UTC

Argentine seafood exports up 3.9% in value and 3% in volume in first half of 2014

Shrimp and squid exports from Argentina to the Far East have grown consistently

In the first half of this year, Argentina seafood exports totaled 778.8 million dollars with a slight increase of 30 million dollars, and 3.9% over the same period of 2013 (749.6 million), reported the Directorate of Fisheries Economics from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Under Secretariat.

Thursday, September 11th 2014 - 03:12 UTC

Falklands explore potential for small-scale commercial fishery with 20 focal species

Chilean urchin  - Loxechinus albus (|Pic: SMSG)

By Dr. Deborah Davidson - The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) has been established since March 2012, and already has an expanding team of 12 employees based in Stanley (one of whom is a PhD student), five international PhD students, and three employees based in Ascension Island and one working in Saint Helena - all on various projects.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 - 04:36 UTC

A hundred Spanish fishing vessels return to Moroccan waters

There will be a relaxation of the conditions of compulsory capture landing in Moroccan ports, “which will allow better operation of the fleet”

Representatives of the European Union (EU) and Morocco that make up the Joint Committee managed to solve all the practical issues which have been pending since the bilateral fisheries agreement was signed and that prevented the African country from issuing the fishing licenses.

Saturday, September 6th 2014 - 07:11 UTC

Argentina opens hake quota reallocation period for the rest of the year

Reported hake catches so far this year in Argentina have been below levels of last year which was not a good season

Argentina's Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) has reassigned hake (Merluccius hubbsi) catches for the remainder of the year. According to Resolution 8/14, published in the Official Gazette, the vessel owners that considered themselves unable to capture the entire allocated hake quota, can partially return it to a reserve fund for future reallocation.

Saturday, September 6th 2014 - 07:04 UTC

Is the controversial 'squid war' with Argentina reignited?

“Despite initial concern..., catches of Illex have exceeded 270,000 tons, which is the highest since the fishery began in 1987” said Governor Colin Roberts

The Falkland Islands Fisheries Department has reported this year that squid fishing generated the largest annual capture since records began, representing a major boost to the Islands economy.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falklands' GDP 'volatile' because of fisheries and oil and gas exploration

Oil industry activities input to the Falklands economy in 2012 meant the per capita GDP soared to £77.4 thousand for 2012.

Recently released data shows that the Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to be volatile: expanding considerably during some years and shrinking in others. For example, 2012, a year of intense hydrocarbons activity the per capita for a population of 2.562, in the books soared to £77.400.

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