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.

Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 11:26 UTC

Chilean officials and private sector divided over recovery of salmon exports

The ISA outbreak has cut 2009 salmon exports by 30% and next year does not look brighter according to Salmon Chile

Chilean officials expect sustained growth from the aquaculture sector with exports reaching 4 billion US dollars by 2015. Currently Chile’s main aquaculture export product is salmon with overseas sales in 2008 of 2.4 billion USD. The private sector however does not share the enthusiasm.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 - 12:15 UTC

MSC's toothfish certification proposal criticised

Antarctic toothfish stocks and biology remain largely unknown to scientists.

Scientists and environmental groups criticised the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) last week for proposing the certification of Ross Sea Antarctic toothfish. The certification is being recommended by UK-based Moody Marine, the organisation chosen by Ross Sea fishers and accepted by the MSC.

Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 - 12:10 UTC

EU welcomes newly qualified seafood exports

Daniel Montiel, national director of Aquatic Resources.

The European Union (EU) informed the National Directorate of Aquatic Resources (DINARA) that Uruguay will be able to resume shipments of seafood products to the EU market. This announcement marks the end of restrictions imposed by the European bloc in 2008.

Thursday, November 26th 2009 - 13:12 UTC

Sturgeon and caviar could replace “king salmon” in Chile’s aquaculture

“King salmon” which for many years helped prop the Chilean economy could be coming to an end. Last November 15, following fifteen years of failed tests, finally white sturgeons were procreated in captivity for the first time in Chile.

Thursday, November 26th 2009 - 05:33 UTC

FAO approves treaty to close ports to ships involved in illegal, unreported fishing

The treaty comes into force once ratified by 25 countries; so far eleven have signed including Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the US.

A new treaty that aims to close fishing ports to ships involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been approved by FAO governing Conference. Once it enters into force, it will be the first ever legally binding international treaty focused specifically on this problem.

Tuesday, November 24th 2009 - 03:50 UTC

Quotas for Atlantic blue fin tuna cut by one third to 13.500 tons

Conservation groups warn about (extended) under-reporting and illegal fishing

The body responsible for managing Atlantic blue fin tuna has decided not to suspend the fishery in response to concerns over dwindling stocks. The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (Iccat) instead decided to lower the annual catch quota by about one third.

Saturday, November 21st 2009 - 01:53 UTC

Argentina reports a slight drop in hake landings

Mar del Plata as usual was the busiest port with 152.751 tons landed

A slight drop in hake landings between January and November compared to the same period a year ago has been registered in Argentina according to official statistics released this week.


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