Fisheries

Fisheries
Saturday, May 17th 2014 - 06:52 UTC

Falkland Islands establish record catch of Illex squid: 268.223 tons

Director of Natural Resources John Barton warned that Illex is under a lot of pressure throughout the SW Atlantic

Falkland Islands catches of Illex squid surpassed this week the previous record annual catch by 2,022 tons. That record was 266,201 tons in 1999 and Director of Natural Resources John Barton reported midmorning on Thursday that the 2014 catch had just has just overtaken that at 268,223 tons.

Friday, May 16th 2014 - 08:49 UTC

Science to claim sovereignty: Argentina makes official its South Atlantic 'Blue Pampa' initiative

Filmus (R) and minister Barañano made the presentation to the diplomatic corps in Buenos Aires

Argentina made the official presentation to foreign diplomats in Buenos Aires of its “Blue Pampa” initiative described as an effort to collect more information on Argentine maritime spaces, surrounding areas and associated ecosystems, helping to create a South Atlantic conscience in the country. Five areas have been chosen to implement the initiative including South Georgia.

Monday, May 12th 2014 - 20:03 UTC

Falklands' fisheries success story: 20 years of Consolidated and 10 of CFL Gambler

 CFL Chair Wylie said that when the company took off “little was known” in the Islands, “about operating fishing vessels or selling fish”

Falkland Islands Consolidated Fisheries Ltd (CFL) celebrated its 20th anniversary as a company at a reception and banquet at Malvina House Hotel. It also celebrated the 10th anniversary of its vessel CFL Gambler’s blessing and highlighted the MSC certification of the toothfish fishery.

Friday, May 9th 2014 - 06:33 UTC

MSC certified products have risen 21% and represent 10.5% of world's wild-capture fisheries

There are 221 certified fisheries in MSC program (including Falklands and South Georgia) and a further 106 in assessment

In the framework of the Seafood Expo Global 2014 in Brussels, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) held its annual Global Commercial Network meeting, which showed an annual rise in MSC certified products of 21% to September 2013 and a fivefold increase in four years.

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.

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