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Falkland Islands Fisheries

Managing Falkland Islands fisheries since 1987

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The introduction of a fisheries conservation zone and fisheries management regime in 1986 transformed the economy of the Falkland Islands. Falkland Islands Government (FIG) revenue increased by 500%, securing self sufficiency in all areas except defence and external affairs. Annual revenue from fishing license fees averaged £20 Million for the first 20 years although latterly this has reduced to around £13 Million. The fishery accounts for some 40% of GDP. The Falklands fishery is not large in world terms; total catches are about a third of those taken in the UK for example. However, the fishery is a bit unusual in that in a typical year two species of squid account for 75% of all catches. If you eat calamari in southern Europe there is about a 50% chance it is a Falklands squid!

Whilst the economic impact of the fishery has been transformational the fundamental management objective is the long-term sustainability of fishery resources for the benefit of future generations. This includes not only the commercial target species but also reducing harmful impacts on bycatch species, seabirds, and marine mammals. FIG makes a significant investment in fisheries science and protection to achieve these objectives.



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“Back on the menu”, an article about the development and certification of the toothfish fishery.

The next FFLG meeting will be held in the Fisheries Department meeting room on Wednesday, 11th April 2018 at 14:00.

The next Fisheries Committee meeting will be held at the Fisheries Department meeting room on Thursday 7th June 2018 at 09:00.

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Weekly catch updates

14/03/2018 - 20/03/2018

Species Total Catch (mt)
Loligo 5612
Illex 7157
Hakes 33
Toothfish 43
Skate/Ray 20
Rock Cod 171
Red Cod 12
Kingclip 11
Hoki 287
Blue Whiting 1
Others 449