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

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.

Thursday, February 26th 2015 - 04:14 UTC

Brazilian lawmaker wants closer ties with 'Falklands' and even considers 'a friendship forum'

Celso Maldaner belongs to the strongest electoral party in Brazil and main ally of the ruling coalition headed by president Rousseff

Brazilian federal Deputy for the southern state of Santa Catarina Celso Maldaner who last week visited the Falkland Islands said he wants to 'influence and push' for a commercial opening of Brazil with the Islands, since he believes there is great potential for making business particularly regarding fisheries and tourism.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 22:50 UTC

Falklands' reports on two Taiwanese jiggers man-overboard incidents

Jiggers 'flood' into Stanley at the start of the squid season to collect their licenses (Pic. M. Short)

The Falkland Islands government has informed that there have been two separate man-overboard incidents reported this week concerning a total of nine crewmen from two Taiwanese fishing vessels.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 17:06 UTC

Global warming impact on fisheries is 'uncertain', says study

Upwelling of colder nutrient-rich water, significant for marine productivity with climate warming could enhance some of the world's most important fisheries.

A new study suggests that global warming may increase upwelling in several ocean current systems around the world by the end of this century, especially at high latitudes, and will cause major changes in marine biodiversity.

Wednesday, February 18th 2015 - 11:08 UTC

Argentine seafood exports reach 1.6bn dollars in 2014; squid and shrimp main items

Squid (Illex argentinus) was the main export item with 119,802 tons, 10% less than in 2013, when 133,082 tons were shipped abroad

Argentina's fish industry exported 493,244 tons last year totaling nearly 1.6 billion dollars. Although volume decreased 2.7% compared to 2013 (504,165 tons), revenue increased 6.6%, according to the latest report from the National Under-secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 09:06 UTC

Researchers propose high seas fishing ban and concentrate on coastal catches

The study examined global fish catch and landed value data to determine how much fish is caught in the high seas and how much is caught in coastal waters

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world's maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC).

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

US icebreaker Polar Star rescues Australian longliner trapped in Antarctic ice

The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres NE of McMurdo Sound

An Australian fishing vessel that was stranded in Antarctic ice for a week with a damaged propeller is expected to make its way to New Zealand under its own power.The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres north-east of McMurdo Sound with 26 people on board.


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