More than 15,000 tonnes of rock cod has been discarded so far this year from the Falkland Islands finfish fisheries. Rock cod has taken over from Southern Blue Whiting as the key finfish species in local waters, but such high volumes of waste are a concern for industry regulators.
Following a 21-month independent assessment, the South Georgia ice-fish fishery has been certified as a sustainable and well-managed fishery under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.
The first global guidelines for aquaculture certification have been adopted by the Sub-Committee on Aquaculture of the Committee on Fisheries, part of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Over 50 countries attended the meeting of the sub-committee, which is the only global intergovernmental forum discussing aquaculture development.
An immediate drastic reduction in fishing capture quotas and adapting to the new reality was announced this week by Chile’s Minister of Economy Juan Andres Fontaine who unexpectedly participated in the Chilean National Fisheries Council meeting.
The possible approval of genetically modified salmon has led to vigorous dispute in the USA. The recommendation by experts that that further testing should be conducted for the time being was the conclusion of a hearing arranged by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and echoed broadly in the media. The salmon would have been the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.
A Spanish flagged trawler that operates in Falkland Islands waters and was heading to Montevideo to unload 700 tons of fish was denied “innocent pass” through Argentine waters and had to steam an additional 17 hours at a cost of 7,000 litres of fuel before it finally unloaded its cargo in the Uruguayan port.
As of next December Chinese flagged jigger vessels can enter Argentine ports, make use of services, unload shipments, carry out repairs and stock up on supplies. The Federal Fisheries Council, CFP will be responsible for determining which port terminals will be entitled to cater Chinese jiggers.
The Falklands/Malvinas dispute between Argentina and the UK is having its effects on the (Spanish) Galician fleet in the Southwest Atlantic, where most of its vessels operating under the Falklands flag are continually being “harassed” by Argentine patrol vessels, reports El Faro de Vigo in an interview with Javier Touza, president of the Vigo Ship Owners cooperative.
The University of Magallanes in the extreme south of Chile have developed an innovative project to start farming Patagonian toothfish or Chilean sea bass (Dissostichus eleginoides) in the region.
China leads the world in tonnage of fish caught annually as well as the amount of fish consumed, according to new findings reported in National Geographic magazine.