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Montevideo, June 16th 2019 - 14:53 UTC


  • Tuesday, January 22nd 2019 - 09:04 UTC

    Australian firm will use revolutionary blockchain platform to track its toothfish

    Austral Fisheries CEO David Carter was excited about the possibilities that OpenSC offers for responsible operators.

    WWF-Australia and BCG Digital Ventures launched a revolutionary new digital platform that uses blockchain and other technologies to track food and products, and that will help people and business to avoid illegal, environmentally-damaging or unethical products.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 09:27 UTC

    Banning trawling for cuttlefish catching triggers the “large squid war” in Chile

    Minister Valente did not discard lifting the ban on trawling, but, in addition to the hand line or jigging gear, will present the purse seine as a fishing gear for cuttlefish

    Chile is in the midst of what has become to be known as the “cuttlefish or large squid war”, between industry and artisanal fishermen and the government's intention of protection and conservation of the species. The Chilean Congress recently passed a bill regulating the catch of the giant squid and specifically banning trawling, with perpetrators facing fines of some US$ 38.000.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 09:24 UTC

    Spain and EU working to minimize a no-deal Brexit impact on fisheries

    Minister Planas revealed that the Spanish government has been preparing its Contingency Plan for months, in case UK leaves the EU without an agreement

    Spain's minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Luis Planas, said he was confident that if no agreement is reached regarding Brexit, both the European Union (EU) and Spain will be prepared. During an informative breakfast, minister Planas stressed that the government of Spain is working to ensure citizens and is prepared to minimize the impact of “Brexit” on the agri-food and fisheries sector.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 08:57 UTC

    Argentina and Spain scientific research on climate change impact on hake in Tierra del Fuego

    Experts analyzed zoo-archaeological remains of marine fauna in Tierra del Fuego in sites of hunter-gatherer and fisher populations, from 10,000 years ago

    Scientific study suggests snoek (Thyrsites atun) can re-colonize the marine area of the Beagle Channel and South-Western Atlantic waters, an area in the southernmost point of the South American continent where this species competed with the hake (Merluccius sp.) to hunt preys in warmer periods.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 08:54 UTC

    Galicia commissions new report on Brexit and a possible fishing agreement with UK

    The Minister of Fisheries of Galicia, Rosa Quintana informed members of the Galician Fisheries Council at the plenary held in Santiago de Compostela.

    The Government of Galicia will commission the University Institute of European Studies “Salvador de Madariaga”, from the University of A Coruña, a new report on the current status of the Brexit agreement and the possibilities to reach a fishing agreement with the United Kingdom.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 08:45 UTC

    UK parliamentary committee urges MSC to review sustainable fishing standards

    The House of Commons' Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) issued recommendations following its Sustainable Seas inquiry

    A UK parliamentary committee has called on the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to address concerns about the organization's standard for sustainable fishing in the world's oceans. The House of Commons' Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) issued recommendations following its Sustainable Seas inquiry, whose findings were published last November.

  • Monday, January 21st 2019 - 08:19 UTC

    Vessels leaving Vigo for the Falklands' Loligo season; Argentina reports good catches of Illex

    An estimated forty jiggers are currently operating in the Argentine EEZ area, and another 20 are expected to join them in coming days

    While the Spanish fleet of fishing vessels, many of them partners of Falkland Islands companies have started leaving Vigo for the South Atlantic to begin the Loligo season on 24 February, Argentine licensed jiggers operating south of parallel 44 have been catching some 25 tons per day per vessel of Illex, according to the first reports from

  • Friday, January 18th 2019 - 09:16 UTC

    Spanish fishing industry faces dramatic consequences with a no-deal Brexit

    Minister Planas had revealed that in the case of a hard-Brexit, all Spanish fishing vessels will have to immediately abandon United Kingdom waters immediately.

    Spain's Agriculture, Fisheries and Food minister Luis Planas admitted the fishing industry could suffer “dramatic consequences” with a no-deal Brexit, one of several options after this week's parliament events in London. Minister Planas had revealed that in the case of a hard-Brexit, all Spanish fishing vessels will have to immediately abandon United Kingdom waters immediately.

  • Monday, January 14th 2019 - 09:22 UTC

    Argentina undertakes third scientific evaluation survey of Southern king crab

    The task in undertaken simultaneously with five vessels, Dukat, Talisman, Atlantic Express, Tango I and Tango II, with two INIDEP observers on each of them

    Argentina's National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development, INIDEP, has started a scientific survey aimed at assessing the Southern king crab (Lithodes santolla) in its central Patagonian distribution area. This is the third consecutive year in which the survey is carried out and includes the San Jorge Gulf and platform waters, between 43° 30 'and 48° South latitude, in jurisdictions of the Nation, and Chubut and Santa Cruz provinces.

  • Monday, January 14th 2019 - 09:20 UTC

    Peru establishes an annual Patagonian toothfish TAC of 161 tons

    Once the established catch limit has been reached, the Ministry of Production, will close the Patagonian toothfish fishery; otherwise, it concludes 31 December 2019

    The Peruvian Ministry of Production has established the maximum allowable catch of the Patagonian toothfish (Dissostichus eleginoides) resource for the current year at 161 tones. According to ministerial Resolution 007/2019, the quota may be modified if the Institute of the Sea Peru has proven evidence of greater availability of the resource, for which purpose it shall remit the recommendation with the corresponding measures to the Production ministry.