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

Weekly catch updates

09/09/2020 - 15/09/2020

Species Catch (mt)       Cumulative (mt)
Loligo 1,138 57,406
Illex 0 62,658
Blue Whiting 0 57
Hakes 1,231 34,255
Hoki 4 7,549
Kingclip 25 1,218
Red Cod 41 1,159
Rock Cod 23 675
Skate/Ray 25 1,094
Toothfish 2 788
Others 8 1,554
Total 2,697 168,413