The Argentine Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food (SAGP&A) authorised a TAC of 270,000 tonnes of hake (Merluccius hubbsi) for this year -- a 20.5 per cent or 70,000 tonne cut compared to the quota fixed for 2007, which amounted to 340,000 tonnes.
A high-seas tug left Punta Arenas on Thursday to the rescue of the Chilean flagged fishing vessel Antarctic Bay which has gone adrift after the engine broke down, according to naval authorities in the extreme south of Chile.
Uruguayan authorities this week arrested, and forfeited the cargo of a longliner which docked in Montevideo and allegedly did not have the necessary documentation to prove it was flagged in the Pacific island of Vanuatu.
Marine Harvest ASA, the world's largest salmon company announced this week that they are seriously considering moving part of their salmon farming interests following a serious outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anemia, ISA.
Japan announced Friday it was dropping plans to start hunting humpback whales for the first time in four decades after protests led by Australia seeking to spare the popular mammals. It is the first time that Japan has backed down over one of its whaling expeditions, which have been a longstanding strain in its relations with its Western allies.
A group of researchers says that the closest known evolutionary cousin of whales, dolphins and porpoises is not the hippopotamus, as conventional wisdom has it, but an extinct deer-like animal roughly the size of a raccoon.
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.