Wednesday, March 16th 2016 - 06:05 UTC

Argentina sinks Chinese jigger which refused to stop and even tried to ram the patrol vessel

In a high-seas chase, a coast guard vessel pursued the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 jigger which refused to stop despite warning shots across the Chinese boat's bow

Argentina's coast guard has sunk a Chinese flagged jigger that was fishing illegally within its territorial waters, the coast guard said on Tuesday, marking a first test for relations between President Mauricio Macri and Beijing.In a high-seas chase, a coast guard vessel pursued the fishing vessel Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 toward international waters, firing warning shots across the Chinese boat's bow as it attempted to raise the crew by radio.

Monday, March 14th 2016 - 23:42 UTC

World famous toothfish poaching vessel caught and destroyed in Indonesia

The Indonesia navy seized the Nigeria-flagged Viking on Feb. 25 operating in waters off Tanjung Berakit in Riau Islands province south of Singapore.

Indonesian authorities on Monday bombed the last major ship internationally wanted for years of illegally taking toothfish from southern waters, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country's waters.

Saturday, March 12th 2016 - 05:40 UTC

Chile's challenge: disposing 27.700 tons of algae/bloom dead salmon

Sernapesca director José Miguel Burgos reported that the Chilean Navy authorized the dumping of 300 tons dead salmon at sea, 75 miles offshore

More than 27,733 tons, equivalent to 72% of the total salmon mortality caused by algae bloom, have been removed from the farms affected by this contingency, Chile's National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) informed. In a new report on the emergency affecting the salmon farming industry in the Chilean southern region of Los Lagos, Sernapesca pointed out that 38 farms have been affected by microalgae bloom in the Concession Groups (ACS) 1, 2, 3A, 6, 7, and 10B, with a total mortality amounting to 23.8 million fish, equivalent to more than 38,500 tons.

Thursday, March 10th 2016 - 21:28 UTC

Catches of Peruvian giant squid are showing a slow recovery: shift of oceans winds

 Northern Chimbote giant squid: there are landings of about 80 tons per day and all of it is sent northwards.

Catches of Peruvian giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) are showing a slow recovery, something that has long been awaited not only by local fishermen and industrialists, but also by the largest processors in Europe and Asia.

Thursday, March 10th 2016 - 05:03 UTC

United States joins worldwide effort against illegal fishing

FAO is a strong partner in the promotion of sustainable fisheries, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate, US Ambassador Lane pointed out.

The United States has brought added momentum to global efforts targeting illegal fishing by adhering to a FAO-brokered international pact.US Ambassador to the United Nations agencies in Rome, David Lane, this week formally presented FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva with the US' instrument of ratification of the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing.

Tuesday, March 8th 2016 - 12:38 UTC

Algae bloom in southern Chile causing massive losses in the salmon farms

Last week the Norwegian company Marine Harvest, the largest salmon producer in the world, reported the deaths of about 1.2 million fish as a result of the algae being identified on their premises, loc

A group of salmon farms operating in the south of Chile have reported the mass death of millions of salmon. The deaths are attributed to an outbreak of harmful algae, set to generate millions in financial losses and see supermarket prices soar across Chile.

Friday, March 4th 2016 - 06:39 UTC

Argentina and Uruguay unable to arrest a Chinese flagged poaching jigger

 The jigger was radar detected last Tuesday early morning at the San Jorge Gulf illegally operating and was repeatedly warned in Spanish and English. (Pic LA file)

The Argentine Coast Guard and Uruguayan navy failed in capturing a Chinese flagged jigger poaching in the two countries shared waters. According to non official reports, two Argentine Coast Guard vessels and a helicopter plus a Uruguayan aircraft and vessel were involved in the attempt to arrest Hua Li 8.

Friday, February 26th 2016 - 06:19 UTC

Greenpeace celebrates and supports cancellation of Icelandic fin whale hunt

 Kristján Loftsson, CEO of whaling company Hvalur, made the announcement on arguments that it has encountered difficulties getting the whale meat to market.

Greenpeace celebrates the 'incredible' news that Iceland has cancelled the fin whale hunt for the current season and underlines that nowadays “there is simply no place for commercial whaling” plus the fact that Iceland and Japan have stockpiles of unwanted whale meat.

Wednesday, February 24th 2016 - 07:50 UTC

FAO summit in Morocco addresses fish trade traceability and eliminating IUU fishing

“Trade in fish is much more important than people think, both in absolute and relative terms,” said Audun Lem, Deputy-Director in FAO's Fisheries Division

High-level delegations of fisheries ministries from more than 50 countries are gathering in Agadir, Morocco for a summit with industry players to discuss emerging governance needs in a sector that provides the world with 17% of its animal protein and developing countries with more export revenue than meat, tobacco, rice and sugar combined.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016 - 07:07 UTC

Falklands with “no big concentrations of Illex” this season, which is “worrying”

Scientist Arkhipkin said they would need to wait until February 24/25 to see whether the Illex would appear but, and “if it is not there it is a strange situation”.

Early indications from scientific surveys are showing “no big concentrations of Illex,” in the Falkland Islands waters or on the high seas, “which is worrying,” said Falkland Islands Government Senior Fisheries Scientist Sasha Arkhipkin as reported by the Penguin News.


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