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.

Wednesday, December 16th 2009 - 23:09 UTC

EU fishing fleets agree to cut catches of cod, haddock and sole

If CCTV cameras to monitor conservation measures are installed, vessels will be entitled to a 5% increase in catches.

The EU says European fishing fleets will have to cut their catches of cod, haddock and sole next year, but a ban on anchovy fishing has been lifted. The quota for cod fishing is being cut by 15-35%, depending on the area. But there is an exemption for cod fishing in West Scotland and the Celtic Sea.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 07:51 UTC

Argentina: TAC for southern blue whiting, hoki and Patagaonian toothfish

Landings of the three species so far this year have been lower than in 2008

Argentina’s Federal Fisheries Council, (CFP) has fixed the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) for hoki (Macruronus magellanicus), Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) and southern blue whiting (Micromesistius australis) at 170,000, 2,500 and 60,000 tonnes, respectively.

Tuesday, December 15th 2009 - 07:49 UTC

FAO calls to limit trade of Atlantic Bluefin tuna and several shark species

He report was elaborated by an advisory panel of 22 international fishery experts from 15 different countries.

An advisory panel of independent experts convened by FAO has issued recommendations regarding six proposals to limit international trade in a number of commercially exploited aquatic animals under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 15:22 UTC

Australia threatens Japan with international legal action over whaling

Japanese whales fishermans

Australia has threatened international legal action after the new Japanese Government declared there would be no change to its stance on whaling. Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said in Tokyo that he saw no need for a review of the Government's policy, disappointing those who thought it might break with the past.

Saturday, December 12th 2009 - 14:57 UTC

Four Korean fishing vessels burnt and lost in Montevideo in two months

Korean jiggers and trawlers docked in Montevideo

Between forty and fifty Asian crewmembers from two Korean flagged fishing vessels that caught fire Thursday night while docked in Montevideo, are being questioned by Uruguayan judicial authorities.

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 17:34 UTC

FAO report predicts “an ocean of change” for fishers and fish farmers

Marine capture fisheries already facing multiple challenges due to overfishing, habitat loss and weak management are poorly positioned to cope with new problems stemming from climate change, a new FAO study suggests.


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