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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, 14th February 2018 at 14:00.

The next Fisheries Committee meeting will be held at the Fisheries Department meeting room on Wednesday 28th February 2018 at 09:00.

Closed Area

The area south of 52° 45’ S will close to A & W licensed vessels from 2359 on Thursday 7th December 2017 to 31 January 2018.The closed area includes grids commencing XV and southward from there (it is an area adjacent to the straight line border or ‘segment’ in the southwest).

Updates of the News will be revised every Thursday afternoon.

Weekly catch updates

13/12/2017 - 19/12/2017

Species Total Catch (mt)
Loligo 0
Illex 125
Hakes 0
Toothfish 20114
Skate/Ray 66874
Rock Cod 0
Red Cod 0
Kingclip 0
Hoki 37
Blue Whiting 0
Others 1217