Fisheries

Fisheries
Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 06:42 UTC

Falklands and the 'darker side' of fishing: crewmen trying to 'jump ship'

Fisheries head Barton said all vessels arriving to collect licenses undergo an inspection, which checks essential life saving appliances

Fishing vessels licensed in the Falkland Islands all undergo safety inspections, Director of Natural Resources John Barton confirmed this week, when talking to Penguin News about standards applied to fishing vessels and the working conditions of the crew. He also assured that if a fisherman reports mistreatment an investigation will follow.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 01:44 UTC

Falklands: Slow start but sprint finish for 2014 squid fishery

Up to now 187,500 tons of Illex have been caught in Falkland waters, making it the second best Illex catch after the bumper year of 1999.

In the last 25 years, the squid fishery has been one of the major contributors to the economy of the Falkland Islands. It is unique in the world as about 80 per cent of the total annual catch is squid. Both Illex and Loligo squid have annual life cycles, with a new generation recruiting into the fishery every year

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 08:51 UTC

South Georgia re-adjusts license conditions to reduce sea birds by-catches

Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay breaks “seabird by-catches record”

One of the most significant seabird by-catches in over a decade occurred in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) Marine Zone last week, by the Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay.

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 08:42 UTC

If EU dumps independent Scotland, 12 countries would be barred from its fishing waters

Prime Minister Alex Salmond during a speech to the College of Europe in Brussels

Scottish First Minister warned that 12 countries could be barred from his country’s waters and would not even be allowed to pass through to reach Norwegian waters if an independent Scotland was refused European Union (EU) membership.

Thursday, May 1st 2014 - 09:52 UTC

EU fishing fleet: balance between capacity and fishing opportunities still distant

On 31 December 2012 the EU fleet consisted of 76,023 vessels.

The European Commission's annual report on the European fishing fleet shows some progress towards achieving a balance between capacity and available fishing opportunities. However more remains to be done to ensure that stocks are managed in accordance with the objective of Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) and the Commission considers that there is still a need for active fleet capacity adjustment measures by Member States in order to achieve this.

Wednesday, April 30th 2014 - 03:22 UTC

Argentina's “Blue Pampa” project to research and develop South Atlantic resources

South Georgia waters is one of the targets as well as Antarctic waters

The recently launched “Blue Pampa” project is a ten-year 'strategic initiative' with the purpose of researching South Atlantic resources in five different areas to ensure conservation and management, plus reinforce Argentine sovereignty with inter-disciplinary campaigns and inter-ministerial support, according to Argentina's Science, Technology and Productive Innovation ministry.

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014 - 09:28 UTC

Argentina's high court rules export levies are unconstitutional; case benefits shrimp exporter

In Argentina only Congress is entitled to create taxes.

Argentina's Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a Ministry of Economy resolution imposing export taxes on the overseas sale of produce from Camaronera Patagonica. Following the ruling the Patagonia shrimp company should be able to recover the levies on exports charged between March and August 2002.

Monday, April 21st 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Peruvian fish meal and fish oil companies losing money, claims the industry

SNP president Elena Conterno blames fishing quotas and new regulations

Out of a total of 12 Peruvian companies in the fishmeal and fish oil industry, only two recorded profits during 2013, while the other ten accumulated a loss equivalent to 87.4 million dollars, according to the country's National Society of Fisheries, SNP.

Thursday, April 17th 2014 - 07:49 UTC

New Zealand gets tough on working conditions for crews on board foreign chartered fishing vessels

Legislation follows serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign chartered vessels operating in New Zealand waters

A fisheries amendment bill that has passed its second reading in Parliament sets that fishing companies can use foreign charter vessels only if they are flying the New Zealand flag and obey New Zealand laws. The legislation came from a ministerial inquiry led by minister Paul Swain, following serious allegations of mistreatment of crew on foreign chartered vessels.

Monday, March 31st 2014 - 16:29 UTC

Japan abides International Court of Justice ruling to halt whaling program

Presiding Judge Peter Tomka said the court had decided, by 12 votes to four, that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic

The UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan must temporarily halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. It agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the program was not for scientific research as claimed by Tokyo.

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