Friday, April 18th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

US FDA team in Chile to inspect salmon industry

A team of US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials arrived Friday in Chile where over the next several days they will conduct on-site inspections of the country's once-booming salmon industry.

Wednesday, April 16th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

ISA virus forces closure of salmon processor in Chile

One of southern Chile's most renowned salmon processing plants, Chinquihue belonging to Norwegian company Marine Harvest and located in Puerto Montt was unexpectedly closed down April 12 leaving 600 workers redundant. The original idea was to close the plant in late June.

Tuesday, April 15th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Monitoring of all Falklands licenced vessels from July

All vessels operating under a Falkland Islands fishing licence will be required to use a Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) as from July, reports Penguin News.

Thursday, April 10th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Chile considering whale sanctuary along its coastline

“Wait until June,” say Enviro Minister Ana Lya Uriarte (left) and CCC head Bárbara Galletti. <br>Photo by Benjamin Witte

Chile appears ever closer to declaring its entire Pacific coastline &ndash; one of the longest in the world &ndash; a whale “sanctuary.” According to government officials, President Michelle Bachelet is likely to endorse the proposal as early as June, when Chile hosts this year's annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission.

Wednesday, April 9th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Falklands fishing licences “based on what market stands”

Barton “said the system has worked well for 20 years”

Falkland Islands fishing licence fees are high because “ has always been in everyone's interest to maximise revenue; what is raised is based on what the market can stand,” Government Director of Fisheries John Barton told Mercopress Wednesday, in response to local grumbling at the possibility of another increase in loligo licence fees.

Monday, April 7th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Norway developing eco-friendly trawl technology

An eco-friendly trawler at sea. <br>(Photo: Aker Biomarine)

The Norwegian fisheries magnate Kjell Inge Røkke and the industry have lately spent around NOK 10 million (EUR 1.25 million) on developing eco-friendlier trawls. One trawler operating off the West coast of Norway and a shrimp trawler fishing in the Oslo fjord in Eastern Norway are helping to develop the new trawl technology.

Sunday, April 6th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Salmon industry controversy between Chile and NY Times

Amb.  Fernandez accuses NYT of confusing readers

Chilean media reports that The New York Times “finally published an extract” from the letter sent by the Chilean Ambassador in United States, Mariano Fernandez relative to the Chilean salmon industry which was harshly criticized by the influential newspaper.

Sunday, April 6th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina tightening poaching control in South Atlantic

Argentina is beefing up patrolling in the South Atlantic to catch poachers and prevent the 201 mile plus “hundreds of vessels” from intruding into Argentine waters, report two journalists from Clarín who were invited on board a coast guard vessel on duty in the zone.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Chilean salmon industry reacts to NY Times allegations

The Chilean salmon industry rejected on Tuesday to an article from The New York Times which claims that local farmers use hormones to speed growth and antibiotics to deal with the infectious anemia, ISA, outbreak.

Tuesday, April 1st 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentine squid industry demands research cruises

Squid Jigger<br>(Photo FIS)

Argentina's Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) has formally requested an immediate alternative for the annual scientific cruises to assess the biomass of squid (Illex argentinus), data considered essential for the management of the fisheries.


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