Following on from the appearance of what appears to have been more jiggers than normal in Stanley harbour recently, Falkland Islands Director of Natural Resources John Barton says there are some 80 Illex jiggers licensed and fishing in Falkland Islands zones at present, and 88 jigging licences have been issued.
The first Argentine jiggers returning to the port of Mar del Plata to land their catches are reporting good volumes of Illex Argentinus and are eager to return to sea, according to the Argentine fisheries news magazine Pescare.
MORE than thirty, mainly Taiwanese, jiggers crowded into Stanley Harbour early this week prior to the beginning of the Falkland Islands Illex fishery season.
Argentina’s catches of squid (Illex argentinus) are averaging 20 tons per day and there’s no activity outside the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), according to the first landing reports.
The limited presence of squid (Illex argentinus) at mile 201, outside the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is of concern to the local squid jigger fleet, which fear that something similar might happen this year in national waters.