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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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Applications are now invited to fill our vacancy for Fisheries Protection Officer. Details can be found here Employment.

The next FFLG meeting will be held in the Fisheries Department meeting room on Wednesday,13th June 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.

Dr.Michaël Gras has now finished at the Fisheries Department, we would like thank Michaël for all his work over the last 4 years and would like to wish him the very best for the future.

 Updates of the News and weekly catches will be revised every Thursday afternoon

Weekly catch updates

09/05/2018 - 15/05/2018

Species Total Catch (mt)
Loligo 19
Illex 430
Hakes 786
Toothfish 20
Skate/Ray 80
Rock Cod 41
Red Cod 102
Kingclip 80
Hoki 461
Blue Whiting 5
Others 316