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.

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


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