April 30 is a critical date for when the South Atlantic squid catches reach Vigo in Spain. It will also be a Brexit test since tariffs involving third countries such as the UK do not apply to catches from British waters, except for increased customs paperwork, but do apply for fish produce from British territories overseas.
At least four Spanish fishing vessels, which normally operate in the South Atlantic, most of them with Falklands' licenses, left for Vigo and Marin in Galicia, avoiding transshipment operations in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, according to the country's leading Maritime and ports information report.
The reefer trawler Pesca Vaqueiro suffered serious damages to its bow when it rammed while berthing at FIPASS, in Stanley, Falkland Islands. The incident occurred early Thursday and the port facilities (Falkland Interim Port and Storage System) were closed for a few hours.
Some 25% of fisheries imports to Vigo, Spain, come from the Falkland Islands revealed Javier Touza, president of the Vigo Cooperative of fishing vessels owners, ARVI, in an interview with local media, while praising the management of the Falklands' fisheries.
The Loligo squid season took off this weekend in the Falkland Islands and the Galician partners of local companies are hopeful that they can repeat catches of the last season when some 46.000 tons were landed. The experimental sampling previous to the official launching points to stability, according to Javier Touza president of ARVI, the Vigo cooperative of vessel owners.