Argentina exported 190,446 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth USD 371.4 million in the first five months of 2008, indicate statistics released by the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA). These figures represent an 11.2 per cent fall in volume and a 9.7 per cent drop in value compared to the same period last year when 214,373 tonnes were exported for USD 411.3 million.
A divided International Whaling Commission opened its annual conference in Chile on Monday with hope for a compromise on whale hunting, which continues around the world, spearheaded by Japan, despite a 22-year commercial ban.
Hundreds of government officials, scientists and NGO representatives from around the globe will converge at Santiago de Chile's Sheraton Hotel next week for the 60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC60).
The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday proposed increasing fishing sector aid up to EUR 100,000 (from 30.000 EUR) per vessel, instead of per company – as is the case today - in order to alleviate the effect of rising fuel prices.
Argentina banned all fishing activities to the south of the Falkland/Malvinas Islands and to the east of the Isla de los Estados in an area dominated by the Burwood bank. The ban, total and permanent was decided to preserve biodiversity in the area and in the framework of commitments agreed with FAO.
Salmon Infectious Anemia (ISA) which has been ravaging the salmon industry in Chile has reached the extreme south region of Magallanes, according to the country's Fisheries Service.
The situation of common hake (Merluccius hubbsi) is extremely worrying in the South Atlantic as low recruitment levels in the last three years are having an effect on the brood stock biomass according to Argentina's Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) Research Director Otto Wohler.
A recent proposal to make Chile's entire coastline as a no-hunt whale sanctuary may not be enough to safeguard Chile's whales, according to world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist advocate Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete.
Madrid's central market 'Mercamadrid' reported 89 per cent fewer trucks arriving with fresh fish shipments on Tuesday. Usually 90 vehicles enter and supply the market but on Tuesday only 10 entered, market authorities announced.
The rising costs of energy, metals, manpower, transport, and so on, have conspired with the unfavourable foreign exchange developments of the year to make it an altogether tough time for the global seafood industry. Still, despite many sector hardships, the picture is hardly consistent.