Thursday, January 7th 2010 - 16:56 UTC

Japanese whalers and environmentalist ram vessels in the high seas

bomber with its bow shared off

Anti-whaling activists have accused a Japanese vessel of ramming their high-tech speed boat during a confrontation in the Southern Ocean. Video of the incident appeared to show the Japanese ship severely damaging the Ady Gil, but all six crew were rescued.

Wednesday, January 6th 2010 - 08:55 UTC

Busted with salmon farming, Chilean community tries marine tourism

Whale sighting among the options considered by a town of 25.000 that lost 10.000 jobs in two years

Quellón, a small Chiloé Island community in the south of Chile that once was entirely dedicated to the salmon industry, is hoping growing interest in marine tourism will bring the local economy back to life. The bottom fell out of Quellón’s economy last year when the salmon industry went under, leaving half the community out of work.

Wednesday, January 6th 2010 - 01:36 UTC

Blue-fin tuna sold at Tokyo New Year auction for 176.000 USD

The first winning bluefin tuna bid that took place at Tsukiji fish market was the second highest ever. (Photo: FIS)

A huge bluefin tuna was sold for USD 176,000 in the first auction of the year at a Tokyo fish market on Tuesday, amid growing pressure on Japan to help save the threatened fish.

Thursday, December 31st 2009 - 02:22 UTC

Scientific warning that Argentina’s hake TAC “high risk scenario”

INIDEP claims 10% of hake catches and another 20 to 30% go unreported in Argentina

Measures recently adopted by the Argentina’s Fisheries Federal Council regarding hake TACs imply very high risks for sustainability and, therefore, to the continuity of related economic activities throughout the country, claims the Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca).

Monday, December 28th 2009 - 08:59 UTC

Fish exports from Buenos Aires blocked or delayed because of labour conflict

The conflict originated in Mar del Plata, Argentina’s main fishing port

The main maritime agencies operating in the River Plate are seriously considering cancelling the port of Buenos Aires and concentrating trade in Montevideo, given the labour conflict with the tugs arising from a long standing dispute in the Argentine fishing industry sector.

Sunday, December 27th 2009 - 06:13 UTC

Argentine scientists confirm significant decline of multi-specific coastal species

Over fishing is Argentina is also threatening biomass of coastal species

The biomasses and sizes of the main species that conform “multi-specific coastal” species along areas of the South Atlantic continue falling due to excessive catches, contend the latest studies carried out by Argentina’s National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development, (INIDEP).

Friday, December 25th 2009 - 15:54 UTC

Australia again threatens Japan with legal action for whaling

Environmentalists are in the lookout for the Japanese whaling fleet

The Australian government insists it will take international legal action against Japan if it doesn't stop whaling. And it will send surveillance boats to the Southern Ocean to monitor the Japan's annual whaling hunt if it needs to mount a legal case

Sunday, December 20th 2009 - 09:03 UTC

Argentina increases common hake TAC by 27% to 338.000 tons

Hake is the main catch in the South Atlantic

Argentina’s Federal Fisheries Council, CFP, has fixed the total allowable catch (TAC) of common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) for 2010 at 338,000 tons. This is 72.000 tons or 27% higher than this year’s TAC.

Sunday, December 20th 2009 - 09:00 UTC

NZ intercepts pirate tooth-fish long-liner “Carmela” in the Ross Sea

PK Orion like the one which detected the Carmela fishing for toothfish in the Ross Sea. (Photo:RNZAF/

An Illegal fishing vessel was detected by a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3K Orion in the Ross Sea on Wednesday during a routine fisheries patrol.

Friday, December 18th 2009 - 11:40 UTC

Scaring Japanese whalers with an eerie intimidating Maori chant

The carbon-fibre Ady Gil trimaran to the rescue of whales

An international conservation society is using a small, space-age-like vessel to scare off whaling fleets from Antarctic waters, with a ghostly tune as its main weapon. The Ady Gil, a 24 metre carbon-fibre wave-piercing trimaran that runs on low-emission, renewable fuels, is the latest addition to the Sea Shepherd Conversation Society's protest fleet against Japan's yearly whale hunt near Antarctica, which is set to begin.


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