Thursday, May 29th 2014 - 00:54 UTC

Uruguayan court declines competence to rule on Chinese fishing vessel 'slavery' claims

The 28 African crewmembers are from Ghana and Sierra Leone.

A Uruguayan criminal court found no merit to continue investigating into incidents allegedly occurred in a Chinese flagged fishing vessel following on claims of 'slavery', ill treatment and beatings, presented by 28 African crewmembers.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 21:15 UTC

Shrimp saves the day for Argentine seafood exports in first four months

Shrimp sales with 20,482 tons, were up 88.3% over a year ago, 10,877 tons.

Argentina seafood exports totaled 116,738 tons during the first four months of the year, which shows an increase of 2.9% over the same 2013 period in 2013, when 113,419 tons were shipped abroad. Strong shrimp exports helped offset lower volumes of fish.

Monday, May 26th 2014 - 13:14 UTC

Spain supports EC proposal for an absolute ban on driftnets

This initiative definitely eliminates a kind of gear very harmful to marine conservation.

Spain's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) publicly announced its satisfaction with the proposed Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council presented by the European Commission (EC) for the banning of driftnet fishing.

Saturday, May 24th 2014 - 00:11 UTC

Pescanova Falklands operation could be targeted by Argentina, says Spanish media

According to the Deloitte report on Pescanova, the company has two vessels operating in the Falklands, through a stake in Polar Ltd

Argentina’s government could at any stage now force Spanish seafood group Pescanova to divest its squid fishing operation based in the Falkland Islands, as it is reportedly breaching fishing legislation, said Spanish media.

Wednesday, May 21st 2014 - 06:58 UTC

FAO warns fisheries and aquaculture threatened by harmful practices and poor management

Almost 60% of fisheries are very close to their maximum sustainable production

More people than ever before rely on fisheries and aquaculture for food and as a source of income, but harmful practices and poor management threaten the sector’s sustainability, says a new report published by FAO.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 19:35 UTC

Falklands visited by Punta Arenas experts in ports, logistics and shipping

Left to right: Stacey Bragger FI Chamber of Commerce, Felipe Carvallo ULOG, Milenko Buljan Agunsa, Ignacio Covacevic EPA, Marcelo Mahuzier ASMAR and Alvaro Insua of Galicia shipping.

A group of managers representing Punta Arenas port facilities, logistic companies and shipping companies visited the Falkland Islands last week with an ultimate aim to offer solutions to the current and future commercial needs of the Islands.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 09:45 UTC

Joint global efforts to stop IUU fishing

Interpol estimates that IUU costs to the global economy at up to 23 billion dollars annually

International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) president Susan Jackson considers the improvement of vessel registration schemes and the eradication of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) activities should be the top priority for all ocean conservation organizations.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 09:19 UTC

Falklands company wins prize at Brussels seafood show for third year running

Beauchene’s Cheryl Roberts (2nd from R) through Marfrio won for the third year running the quality taste testing award

Patagonia squid caught by the Falkland Islands Beauchene Fishing Company trawlers, scored a hat trick at the Brussels Seafood Exposition this year, winning a quality taste testing award for the third year running, through marketing company Marfrio.

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.


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