Argentina has awarded five oil companies licenses to explore for hydrocarbons offshore, in the country's continental shelf, in an area identified as the Argentine Sea, or South Atlantic, which basically extends between the continent and the Falkland Islands
Argentina and the Falkland Islands will be involved in a scientific assessment cruise of Southern Bluewitting stocks beginning next 9 September. The cruise, the second this year, will take place in the Argentine state of the art scientific vessel “Victor Angelescu”, belonging to the Mar del Plata based Fisheries Investigation and Development Institute, INIDEP.
Uruguay with the help of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is becoming a pioneer in the marking and tracking of sharks and turtles in the western South Atlantic, which allows to establish migrating routes and other valuable data for the protection of these species.
Environment organizations meeting in Panama will demand the creation of a whales’ sanctuary in the south Atlantic and south Pacific, at the coming meeting of the International Whaling Commission.