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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.

News

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The CFL Hunter arrived at FIPASS on 26 May 2017. A religious blessing of the ship will take place on Sunday 28th May.

We would like to welcome Thomas Farrugia, our new Stock Assessment Scientist.

Haseeb, Brendon, and Thomas are heading out to sea in June for a 21 day toothfish tagging trip and to conduct a hook trial on board CFL’s Hunter. The trip will be the Hunter’s inaugural fishing trip and will provide an opportunity to: (1) assess the efficacy of different hook sizes and shapes in reducing bycatch in the toothfish longlining industry, and (2) continue with the toothfish tagging scheme initiated in 2016 to provide data on movement and growth of toothfish in the FICZ and FOCZ.

The total catch for the first Loligo season 2017 was 40,345t.

The next FFLG meeting will be held in the Fisheries Department meeting room on Wednesday,7th June 2017 at 14:00.

The next Fisheries Committee meeting will be held at the Fisheries Department meeting room on Wednesday,15th June 2017 at 09:00.

Updates of the Weekly Catches and News will be revised every Thursday afternoon.

Weekly catch updates

17/05/2017- 23/05/2017

Species Total Catch (mt)
Loligo 6
Illex 279
Hakes 522
Toothfish 55
Skate/Ray 71
Rock Cod 14
Red Cod 41
Kingclip 22
Hoki 66
Blue Whiting 0
Others 28

Total

1,104