Fisheries

Fisheries
Tuesday, April 21st 2015 - 07:22 UTC

Significant blow to toothfish poaching in Antarctica and Patagonian waters

In early April the 'Thunder' was scuttled in waters of Sao Tome and Principe off the West African coast, following 110 days of pursuit by the 'Bob Barker'

Operation Icefish, Sea Shepherd's first campaign to target Illegal, Unregulated, Unreported (IUU) fishing of toothfish in the waters of Antarctica, and the organization's longest, continuous at-sea campaign to date has concluded with unexpected success.

Thursday, April 16th 2015 - 22:23 UTC

Greenpeace reacts to NOAA report showing U.S. overfished stocks at all-time low

The US tuna fleet must keep to the same standards as in US waters. Tuna fisheries kill millions of sharks annually as bycatch, and some tuna populations remain in dire shape.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the 2014 Status of U.S. Fisheries report, which indicates that the number of US fish stocks listed as overfished or subject to overfishing has dropped to an all-time low since 1997, when NOAA began tracking stock status.

Friday, April 10th 2015 - 03:00 UTC

Falklands' bumper year for Illex squid predicts fisheries scientist

Illex squid catches caught this season are already 150,000 tons. Last year the fishery had a record catch of over 306,000 tons.

The Falkland Islands are set to have another bumper year of Illex squid catches with 150,000 tons already caught this season. Last year the fishery had a record catch of over 306,000 tons. It is, “a record catch at this point in the season, at least in the last 25 years of the fishery” Senior Scientist at the Falkland Islands Fisheries Department Dr Sasha Arkhipkin, told Penguin News.

Monday, March 30th 2015 - 07:13 UTC

Falklands economy main contributor is fishing industry: 34% of GDP in 2012

Fishing licence fees are typically the biggest single source of government revenues, besides non-regular corporate tax revenues relating to hydrocarbons

Measured by GDP, fishing is the most important industry in the Falkland Islands and in 2012 contributed 34% to GDP, according to the State of the Falklands Economy report from the FIG Policy Unit.

Sunday, March 29th 2015 - 09:47 UTC

Sea Shepherd receives unexpected help in the 100-day chase of poacher

For the past 100 days Sea Shepherd's flagship the Bob Barker has been chasing a poacher caught taking Patagonian toothfish from Australian territorial waters (Pic FB)

One of Australia's biggest commercial fishing businesses has joined forces with militant environment group Sea Shepherd in an unheralded bid to stop pirate fishing boats. David Carter, from Perth-based Austral Fisheries, said the company was joining forces with Sea Shepherd because it wanted to lend moral support to the group's efforts to stamp out poaching.

Thursday, March 26th 2015 - 14:41 UTC

Falklands' main import trading partner is the UK with 87% of all goods

The value of imported services was approximately £260 million in 2012 with support services to oil and gas extraction making up £167 million of the figure.

The United Kingdom is the main import trading partner of the Falkland Islands with 87% of all imported goods coming from the UK in 2012 (Customs and Immigration 2013) with the rest imported mostly from Chile and Uruguay, according to the latest report on the Falklands' “State of the Economy”.

Wednesday, March 25th 2015 - 07:07 UTC

Falklands' economy performance impressive, although volatile and vulnerable

Oil was discovered in 2010 on the Sea Lion field and production for the world markets is currently planned for 2019.

The Falkland Islands economy has witnessed impressive, although volatile, growth in recent years with unemployment rates low enough to be the envy of most countries in the world and the government is free of debt, according to the latest “State of the Economy” released by the Falklands Policy Unit.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 13:17 UTC

First call for proposals from Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund aims to improve the science-based understanding of the role of krill in the Antarctic ecosystem and the scientific basis for krill fishery management.

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) issued this week its first call for proposals, inviting applications from scientific researchers who can aid in determining the impact of the krill fishing industry on the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Such research will serve to ensure ecosystem protection, while improving the management basis for the fishery.

Monday, March 9th 2015 - 07:16 UTC

Taiwanese fishing boat with 49 crew missing in the South Atlantic

Hsiang Fu Chun lost contact on Feb. 26, but Taiwanese officials believe the boat could still be in the region, probably without power (Pic T. Hogwood)

A Taiwanese fishing boat that has gone missing in waters off southeastern Argentina could have lost power, Fisheries Agency Deputy Director-General Huang Hung-yan said this weekend, about a week after the vessel was reported missing.

Monday, March 2nd 2015 - 05:42 UTC

First squid landings in Argentina 'acceptable', but mostly Small

“First landings seem acceptable, but we are still at the beginning of the season; we have to wait and see if the tendency is confirmed”, reported Pescare.com.ar

The first landings of squid have been reported from Argentine ports and they seem 'acceptable', although there are concerns about the 'complex' market situation. Jiggers have spent 20/25 days in high seas to complete holds but most of squid is classified as 'small' with a minimum percentage of 'medium' in the last days of February. The catches refer to South of Parallel 44.

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