New legislation granting the Canberra government more power to crack down on illegal fishing was introduced to the Australian parliament last week by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke.
Chilean Senators are calling on authorities to take tougher measures toward preventing the ongoing spread of Infectious Salmon Anemia, ISA, a highly contagious fish virus that has caused major problems for Chile's 2.2.billion US dollars farmed industry.
Scientists who conducted the most comprehensive survey to date of Antarctic waters close to New Zealand were surprised by the size of some specimens found, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish, and fields of ”sea lilies
A healthy fish population could be the key to ensuring coral reefs survive the impacts of climate change, pollution, over fishing and other threats. Australian scientists found that some fish act as lawnmowers, keeping coral free of kelp and unwanted algae.
The Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) unanimously decided to authorise the US-flagged Nathaniel Palmer for [the undertaking of] marine scientific research activities in maritime areas subject to sovereign or national jurisdiction.
A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea.
An association of 16 fishermen groups from Chilean Patagonia is calling on President Michelle Bachelet to freeze expansion of Chile's lucrative but environmentally-suspect farmed salmon industry.
FORTY illex licenses have been taken up so far and there has been a recent flurry of interest, the Falkland Islands Director of Fisheries has reported.
Starting this week Chile's Center for Cetacean Conservation is sponsoring the first celebration of the Week of the Blue Whale in Ancud, on island of Chiloé. The event is part of an international program in which over 400 coastal communities around the world mark the seasonal visits of various whale species.
Argentina's squid season has had a poor start threatened by a weak demand and low prices, reports the newspaper El Chubut, from Puerto Madryn in the Patagonian province of Chubut.