Several countries called for adopting a precautionary approach to the fragile marine environment as one week of talks on how best to manage and protect the world?s marine genetic resources opened at the United Nations.
Most of the Uruguayan fishing fleet is idle because of a two months labor dispute and has hit particularly hard the export of Atlantic croaker which is a shared resource with Argentina.
During the first five months of 2007, Argentina exported 214,373 tonnes of fish and shellfish worth 411.3 million US dollars which represents a 20% drop in export volume compared to the same period of 2006, according to statistics from the National Service of Health and Agro-Foods, Senasa.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization called for better policies to conserve fish genetic resources and enhance global food security, warning of the adverse environmental and social impacts of failing to do so.
The current Illex squid season for Argentina has been one of the best in the last five years but exports have not been as dynamic: in the first quarter of this year overseas sales were a modest 37.300 tons, (36 million US dollars) according to Chubut province press reports.
During late March, Falklands Conservation, as part of Birdlife International, attended the fifth meeting of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian shelf and areas of influence in Buenos Aires.
Anchorage, United States ÃÂ¢€ Following last year's St. Kitts Declaration”, which mumbled that the moratorium on commercial whaling might not be necessary anymore, the anti-whaling countries have bounced back with a 37-4 vote for a resolution strengthening the commercial whaling ban.
Japan threatened to quit the International Whaling Commission on Thursday after fierce opposition from anti-whaling nations forced it to scrap a proposal to allow four coastal villages to hunt the animals.
The Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries has issued four licences to trawl for krill off Antarctica this week. Two licences were given to Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS, and one each to Ervik Marine Services AS and Krill Seaproducts AS. The fishery will take place in areas controlled by Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Berkeley Sound in the Falkland Islands, a large natural harbour to the north of Stanley and within relatively easy reach by launch, is where boats fishing within the Islands' Conservation Zones, or on the high seas, come when their freezer holds are full to transfer their catches to larger refrigerated cargo ships or 'reefers'.