With exports valued at 70 million US dollars a year, Chile is now the world's fourth largest producer of mussels. The country currently has 63 seed beds, 1,132 growing centres and 40 processing plants, 90 percent of which are in the south of the country.
Australia urged Japanese whalers and environmental activists heading for a showdown in the Southern Ocean to act with restraint, warning deaths could occur if anything went wrong.
The European Union (EU) Council of Fisheries Ministers began negotiations this week that would determine fisheries TAC and quotas for next year.
European Union fisheries ministers decided Wednesday in Brussels to allow fishermen to catch more threatened fish like cod in 2008 against the recommendations of scientists and environmentalists.
Argentine fisheries catches during the first ten months of this year have confirmed their falling tendency which has reached 16%, according to the latest reports from the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Secretariat.
Dozens of governments agreed in principle to a new United Nations global agreement to protect sharks, which have long been neglected by conservationists and overexploited by the modern fishing industry.
Wild salmon on Canada's west coast are being driven to extinction by parasites from nearby fish farms, a study claims. Wild pink salmon around the Broughton Archipelago are declining rapidly and will die out within 10 years if no action is taken, say researchers.
Argentina authorized sea and air tracking of illegal fishing outside the country's Economic Exclusive Zone, in the 200 miles plus area of international waters and will eventually give notice to FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of transgressors, according to the Buenos Aires press.
Fishermen would make even more money than previously thought if they let depleted stocks rebuild, according to research from Australia and the United States. When fish are more plentiful it becomes easier and cheaper to catch them.
A conservation group that has vowed to disrupt Japan's annual whale hunt launched its Antarctic campaign Wednesday by renaming one of its ships after Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, the late environmental campaigner.