Argentina exported 270,558 tons of fish and shellfish equivalents to 517.5 million US dollars during the first half of 2007. This represents a 17% drop in volume and 8% in value, compared to the same period last year, reported the National Food Safety and Quality Service (SENASA).
Wide fluctuations in Falkland Illex squid numbers in the last 20 years have been linked to an increased environmental variability in the Southwest Atlantic along with heavy commercial fishing.
Striking fishermen in Patagonia who caused considerable damage to several processing plants which they torched last Friday accepted mediation in the conflict from the provincial government of Santa Cruz.
Striking Argentine fishermen in Patagonia rampaged and set on fire property and vehicles belonging to several of the companies in conflict, two of them Spanish. The serious incident took place in Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz province, 520 kilometers from where President Nestor Kirchner and his candidate wife were on an official event.
The first fishing vessel powered with bio-fuel, a mix of micro Patagonian algae with hake and squid residue, set to sea from Comodoro Rivadavia this week reports the Argentine press.
Chile's government has acknowledged for the first time that sea lice – parasitic crustaceans that affect both wild and farmed fish – are causing serious problems for the country's lucrative farmed salmon industry.
DESPITE the achievements of the well managed South Georgia longline fishery, which has succeeded in reducing mortality of seabirds to almost zero, a new diet sampling programme at Bird Island has highlighted the shocking extent of longline hook ingestion by wandering albatrosses.
Taking advantage of the abundance of squid, in spite of poor international prices, Argentina has decided to implement stricter controls on companies involved in the squid fisheries.
Australian zoologists say it remains a mystery how a 200-kilogram giant squid came to be washed up on Tasmania's west coast. The squid was found by a member of the public on a beach near Strahan early this week.
Patagonian province Chubut passed a new General maritime fishing bill to regulate fishing activities which also contemplates long term fishing licences subject to development projects by the beneficiaries.