Monday, October 20th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Wild West spirit in Patagonia waters, says The Economist

Overfishing and  high costs are floundering Argentine fishing industry

Under the heading of “Fishy business; Patagonia's troubled waters”, The Economist gives a realistic insight into the Argentine fishing industry and the Wild West mentality that prevails in the so-called Argentine Sea, which threatens the economic and conservation stability and future of this activity.

Friday, October 17th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Farmed salmon disease outbreak in Magallanes

Chile's government confirmed this week that Infectious Salmon Disease (ISA) virus is present in the Magallanes Region (Region XII), more precisely at a salmon farm from Nova Austral in the Puerto Natales area, north of Punta Arenas.

Friday, October 10th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Teeming biodiversity in ocean volcanoes off SE Australia

Hundreds of ancient marine species and corals have been found off Australia's south coast

CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans Flagship team has discovered hundreds of new marine species and dozens of undersea mountains, in a project to monitor the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network off southern Tasmania.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Google 24 hour tool tracks endangered ocean habitats

Conservationists working with Google Inc. have unveiled a tool that lets people view protected marine areas with the click of a mouse, a bid to harness the Internet's top search engine to raise awareness of endangered ocean habitats.

Wednesday, October 8th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Fisheries depletion & poor management costs 50 billion USD

The world's fishing fleets are losing billions of dollars each year through depleted stocks and poor management, according to a UN report. The World Bank and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) calculate the losses at 50 billion US dollars per year.

Thursday, October 2nd 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Argentina gets tough on hake fisheries conservation

Argentina has expanded and declared permanent the ban on common hake (Merluccius hubbsi,) fishing in the following quadrants of the South Atlantic: the northern half of 4160, 4260, 4261 and 4262.

Tuesday, September 30th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

UK seafood corps target Brazil, net fish importer

Carrefour's Geraldo Cosentino (C) and UKTI's David Lilley (R) are helping to forge seafood trade ties between Brazil and the UK

The representatives of a group of Humber seafood firms met with their counterpart from one of the globe's largest retailers, France's Carrefour, in a joint bid to establish trade ties with Brazil.

Wednesday, September 24th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

Warnings of South Atlantic hake fishery “imminent collapse”

Argentina's hake fishery is again on the limelight because of shady activities and fears of a total collapse

An Argentine non government environmental organization has warned of an “imminent fishery collapse” because of the unsustainable current rate of hake (Merluccius hubbsi) catches in the South Atlantic.

Wednesday, September 24th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

FAO urges industrial fishing strategies to protect seabirds

Seabirds flocking at a longliner

Following the success of strategies to protect seabirds from longline fishing activities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged regions using other industrial fishing techniques, such as trawl nets and gillnets, to implement safeguards in areas where seabirds are at greatest risk.

Wednesday, September 17th 2008 - 21:00 UTC

EU fisheries policy failed to protect stocks; new review

The European Commission has announced a full review of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, saying the current regime fails to protect fish stocks. EC says that fishermen who obey the fishing rules are being penalized by the irresponsible behavior of others who flout them.


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