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Montevideo, June 24th 2017 - 10:34 UTC


  • Tuesday, December 13th 2016 - 16:17 UTC

    Sorry, “no fish and chips, what about some squid and chips”; UK waters warming

    Squid and other fish that thrive in warmer waters, such as sardines and anchovy, are flourishing around the North Sea, according to fisheries data.

    The traditional British fish supper could be replaced by the likes of squid as the waters around the UK's shores grow warmer, say government scientists. Squid and other fish that thrive in warmer waters, such as sardines and anchovy, are flourishing around the North Sea, according to fisheries data. Squid are now being caught at 60% of survey stations in the North Sea, compared with 20% in the 1980s, but the likes of cod are heading north, away from British waters.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 09:53 UTC

    Two Chinese large-scale jiggers heading for the SW Atlantic, announces Pingtan

     Pingtan currently operates 135 fishing vessels, 12 of which are operating in the Bay of Bengal in India, along with 13 vessels operating in Indo-Pacific Waters.

    China's Pingtan Marine has announced the launch of two new squid jiggers, bound for the southwest Atlantic and southeast Pacific oceans. The two newly-completed vessels should reach fishing grounds by late December, and sales of squid catches are then expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 09:09 UTC

    New Zealand sends patrol vessel to help combat illegal fishing in Ross Sea

    HMNZS Wellington’s patrols will be complemented by a RNZAF P3-K2 Orion surveillance flight

    Patrol vessel HMNZS Wellington departs on Sunday for the Southern Ocean from Dunedin to monitor the annual fishing season in the Ross Sea region in an attempt to stamp out illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the area.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 08:56 UTC

    Peruvian aquaculture expanding at an annual 20% rate

    “Production jumped from 6,596 tons a year in 2000 to 115,271 tons in 2014,” said Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Hector Soldi.

    Aquaculture activity grows at an annual average of more than 20% in Peru, ranking among the countries with the greatest increase of this activity in Latin America.“Our country is an important player in the supply of inputs for the world’s aquaculture industry, it is not foreign to the growth trends that this activity presents in the world. We changed from a production of 6,596 tons in the year 2000 to 115,271 tons in 2014,” said Vice Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Hector Soldi.

  • Friday, December 2nd 2016 - 07:58 UTC

    Strong interest for Falklands' squid licenses, despite poor catches in 2016

    MLA Phyl Rendell noted that in the past such poor seasons have been followed by much reduced interest in licenses, but happily this is not the case for 2017

    Despite a dismal last season for Illex fishing in the Falkland Islands, with very low catches, interest in licenses for the coming season is holding up and the process is likely to be oversubscribed, confirmed MLA Phyl Rendell last week.

  • Monday, November 14th 2016 - 07:45 UTC

    Falklands' government first quarter surplus jumps to £6.407 million

    The bulk of companies paying significant corporation tax for 2015 were in the fishing industry (Pic N.Bonner)

    The Falkland Islands government numbers are looking brighter than forecasted: for the first three months of the financial year (July –September), the government is showing an actual surplus of £6.407 million, compared to a estimated surplus of £2.211 million.

  • Saturday, November 5th 2016 - 09:10 UTC

    Why Falklands' conservation and management zone is so productive

    Ilex argentinus immigrates into Falklands waters seasonally and is the largest squid resource in the Soutwest Atlantic.

    Three decades ago, on 29 October 1986 a Proclamation declaring the Interim Falklands Conservation and Management Zone was signed by then Governor Jewkes, which helped to transform the Islands economy. The anniversary has been marked by several events, and this week was the turn for a scientific approach on how and why the waters around the Falklands are so rich in marine life.

  • Friday, November 4th 2016 - 10:40 UTC

    Falklands fishing license fees frozen for 2017; possible tax policy review

    Director of Natural Resources John Barton recommended increasing 5% only a few license fees

    The Falkland Islands has decided to hold fee levels across all fishing licenses for 2017 as part of a long term policy focus and in view of certain circumstances emerging from the volatility of annual catches. The Executive Council (ExCo) agreed on the decision by a majority at its last meeting extensive to all license types, including Illex, the Islands main catch.

  • Tuesday, November 1st 2016 - 09:48 UTC

    Norovirus outbreak in Massachusetts shellfish growing areas

    Sale of seed shellfish from Wellfleet Harbor for purposes of aquaculture or propagation is prohibited except for within Wellfleet Harbor.

    The norovirus which has caused havoc to the cruise industry had emerged in Massachusetts waters forcing the closure of shell fishing within Wellfleet Harbor. The ban imposed by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) has been set since October 28, but does not include bay and sea scallop adductor muscles and carnivorous snails, including conchs and whelks.

  • Tuesday, November 1st 2016 - 05:17 UTC

    Argentina and Uruguay involved in hake assessment cruise in the River Plate

    The month long cruise which took off this week on board Argentina's research vessel Dr. Eduardo L. Holmberg, belonging to INIDEP

    Argentina and Uruguay are involved in a joint demersal assessment cruise with the purpose of estimating the hake hubbsi biomass, sizes and age, as well as other resources up to a depth of approximately 300 meters.