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Minister Browne inaugurates new Falklands’ Fisheries Department building

Monday, June 18th 2012 - 21:58 UTC
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The Falkland Islands new Fisheries Department building adjacent to the Agriculture Department was officially opened by the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jeremy Browne during his recent visit to the Islands. Read full article


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  • Lord Ton


    Jun 18th, 2012 - 10:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    ”Her Majesty’s Government and the British Foreign Office had provided, “a great deal of support to the fishery over the years,” said Mr Barton

    I am sure he means British taxpayers(in Britain of course)

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68


    Are you a British taxpayer?

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:12 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro


    Do you live in Rio Gallegos?

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SussieUS

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • JoJo

    Maybe the islands are not so retarded? Our fishery is regarded as one of the best managed in the world:

    On a scale of ‘‘implementation capability,’’
    which summarizes, through multidimensional scaling, poaching
    and the different attributes of enforcement, we found that only
    approximately 5% of all EEZs are in the top quarter of such a
    scale (Figure S1M, countries depicted in Figure 3C). Only two
    relatively small EEZs, those of the Faeroe and Falkland Islands,
    were in the top quarter for all three indicators of scientific
    robustness, policymaking transparency, and implementation
    capability (Figure 2), which combined, accounted for 0.80% of
    the world’s fisheries catch and 0.48% of the world’s fished stocks
    (Figure S2).
    You can read the full article in:

    and make up your own mind, I'm not making this up.

    Either way, we are not getting any money from UK for anything. UK pays for the defense of the overseas territory of course, but that is only because.....?!

    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BritishguyfromLondon

    Sussie, putting your comment in capitals only makes it look as though you are shouting. People will therefore assume (correctly in this case) that you are talking out of your arse. The islands rate of development since Argentina's illegal invasion in 1982 is astonishing. One Falklander I read about summed up this rapid social progression quite nicely, “When we were children, we played with sheep bones. Now it's the latest iPad that our kids want”. Also, I would say that the Falklanders have significantly more class than you, what with you posting hate-filled comments in an online forum about a group of peaceful islanders. I would also venture that the islanders have a lot more money that Argentines. Falkland Islands GDP per Capita: $55,400. Argentina GDP per Capita:$17,516. Seems the average Falklander is three times as wealthy as the average Argentine. The Falklands have a well established education system as well, which follows the English curriculum, which is acclaimed as one of the best in the world (which is why so many foreigners come here). Therefore I fail to see how the Falklanders can be described as mentally retarded. You really have a chip on your shoulder don't you Sussie? Go see a councillor.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 12:34 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    6 JoJo “Either way, we are not getting any money from UK for anything. UK pays for the defense”
    Then you are getting money from UK...and lots of it.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 02:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    8: no, the military is getting the money, get it?

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 05:27 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands


    You fail to understand that we don't mind coughing up a few quid for our army to enjoy pointing their weapons at you and your kin.

    It's almost a sport!

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 08:49 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @2 So?
    The Falkland Islands don't get that money- the British military do.

    The British taxpayer funded the liberation of Sierra Leone, and until there was no threat Belize was protected by the British from Guatemala by taxpayers money.

    Britain has also benefitted from the Falkland Islands taxpayer.
    Many British people have been employed in the Falkland Islands.
    Other than Chile, the Falkland Islands import heavily from the UK, and buy many British services. Therefore Marcos, there is not a one way stream of money from the UK to the Falkland Islands, the British recieve money from Falkland businesses and the Falkland Island taxpayer

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 10:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • M_of_FI

    Marcos, if you fail to comprehend the reality that the Falklands is financially self-sufficient then you can only blame yourself for your own ineptitude and incompetence. Defence is provided as there is a threat lurking 500 miles from the Falklands. A proven threat that has recently invaded.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 11:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @2 Not a problem. We'll TREBLE what we pay if you like!

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 12:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    4 Marcos Alejandro (#)
    Jun 18th, 2012 - 11:16 pm

    No I don't.

    As far as defense costs for the Falkland Islands goes, as I understand it the UKG pays out £200 million per year to maintain MPA, the defense forces (including aircraft, ships, and kit) and of course both militaty and civillian personel. The basic cost of all this, included in the £200 m, is paid out of MoD funds which would have to be paid even if the equipment and personel were in the UK, so a large part of this cost can be discounted from the anual cost, as it is a running cost.
    All this means that actually the cost of maintaining a defense force on the Islands is very close to zero, therefore it is highly cost efficient. Of course it would be even more cost efficient if there were no reason to have a defense force, so Marcos, we can be proud that we are making the British tax payer fork out about £0.5 per year to defend the Islands.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 01:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    Don't forget that the Falklands make an ideal training ground and the Argentines make an ideal enemy force.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 01:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • WestisBest

    Not really an ideal enemy force Idlehands, they're much too inclined to run away/wave the white flag.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 02:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    I'd call that ideal - wouldn't you?

    Stroppy as hell but no substantive threat.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Marcos lives in the UK and has done for some time.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 03:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    Is that why he's so irritable? His taxes paying for the defence of the Falklands.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 03:37 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Yep. He will deny it of course, just read some of his posts, they are full of Brit speak. IE, “Cam.” How many RG bloggers have you heard refer to him by that name. I expect to see deliberate spelling, grammer and other errors from him, in future posts.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 03:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    I wonder if he does pay taxes or does he live on the dole like the malvinistas here!!!!

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 03:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ExPat 1987

    18 reality check (#)
    Jun 19th, 2012 - 03:17 pm

    Marcos lives in the UK and has done for some time

    Marcos /Mike Bingham live in Rio Gallegos.

    He did live in the Falklands and was happy for the UK to pay for the defence of the Islands.

    But was soon found out to be a total lier and a fraudster. So he left and started again in Argentina under a different name but still spouts the same lies and crap.
    His ex wife still lives in the Islands and is far more happy than she was when he was here.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 05:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    I think I will trust the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) rather than a few blind Brits living Argentina, like “Simon”.


    “UK can't afford the Falklands”

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 05:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Simon68

    23 Marcos Alejandro (#)

    Stretching a bit with the opinion of a prat like Peter Preston!!!

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SussieUS

    The islanders have the islands for 189 years and still financially unable to build a Luciana Palazzo, 5 stars hotel like in my Comodoro Rivadavia....@ $175/$345 US dollars per day?
    Depending on argentine ports while Chile is around the corner..? Accept the facts, the islanders are small mind people...keep these islands you know where...

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 07:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    22 ExPat 1987, Please say hi to Lewis C. for me.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 07:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @23 More fool you.
    @25 Why would the Islanders want to build a shitheap?
    @26 Glad to know you're part of corruption. A liar, a cheat, a shit, a toe-rag, a traitor, an illegitimate son of a pig, an offence to the concept of breeding, an offence to the concept of being a human being. Got anything else?

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 07:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    Marcos- good to see you put back in your little box over funding! UK economically gains from taxes on UK firms exporting to here and taxes on oil workers working here than it spent in the early years(nil cost now as we pay it all and do it ourselves) supporting us with tecnical advice on Fisheries Zone etc.
    Defence costs you know very well they are less that 0.5% of the UK military budget - and would not be reduced much even if the forces were not here as they still need to be paid,trained,housed and fed etc.
    I agree - a few folks in UK are unaware of that - as many in UK are not that interested in the falklands detail -its not big news there all the time.
    25 Sussie - who wants an overpriced gin palace anyway? We dont, if you have one and are happy with it - fine good on you.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 08:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    @23 Peter 'prat' Preston has, like the rest of the Malvinistas not a clue about the role history plays which, like the Argentines he ignores. He does not take the point I made @11 and also made @28 that the UK taxpayer benefits from the money coming from the islands to the UK.
    The muppets in this are Argentina. Southern Argentina could be benefitiing from Falkland Islands money headed into their economy big time if they had not cried out of negotiations over the oil.

    So instead of a piece of the action, they've got J**K S**T instead whilst the UK taxpayer benefits. When the Islanders develop further, because Argentina want nothing to do with the Islanders, (I suspect because the FI's actually know how to run their small country properly), then the British taxpayer will benefit even more as the islanders have no choice but to deal with UK.

    Argentinas mistake=Argentinas loss=UK/Falklands win/win.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 09:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    Marcos, as a British tax payer I would be much much happier with ALL of our forces out of Iraq and Afghanistan and instead on the Falklands pointing their weapons in your direction. The Falkland Islanders are British and therefore family, therefore they come first. Hope that answers your concerns.

    Jun 19th, 2012 - 09:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SussieUS

    Comment removed by the editor.

    Jun 20th, 2012 - 07:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor

    That's not very polite Miss Sussie.

    Jun 21st, 2012 - 08:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • SussieUS

    @27 Conqueror?
    The Luciana Palazzo Hotel in my home town Comodoro RIvadavia, Chubut, Argentina, approximately 241 miles away from the islanders, is a 5 star hotel...accept the fact...why you like to degrade argentinians...why?

    Jun 21st, 2012 - 10:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • row82

    Please join this new fb page - Falkland Islands Desire The Right - dedicated to Falkland Islands current affairs, keeping the islands free and poking fun at the loonacy of the Argentine government and their various claims and their internet trolls -

    Jun 27th, 2012 - 04:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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