Falkland Islands Fisheries Department

Any Conservation Measures that are implemented are a balance between sustainable management and enabling industry to maximise their efforts. Following are few examples of regularly used measures:

  • We have an area to the northwest of the FICZ/FOCZ (commonly known as ‘the Hake box’) which is traditionally closed for 4-5 months of the year, to vessels not fishing under an ‘A’ licence.
  • We also have a smaller area to the southwest of the FICZ which we have had to close occasionally in order to protect the Toothfish and Grenadier by-catch.
  • We monitor the trend in catches in the Loligo (Squid) fishery and the impact of those catches on the biomass which sometimes, unfortunately, leads to the early closure of the fishery
  • We implemented usage of bird scaring lines, fix aerial arrays and seal exclusion devices to minimize bird and mammal bycatch


Decision Logs

     BSL streamer recommendation (06/2020)

     Compassionate Part Fishing Day (07/2020)

     Conservation Measure for Loligo 2020 (01/2020)

     Discard Management (06/2020)

     Loligo fishery - early entry,SEDs and MRAG (07/2020)

     Loligo fishery - early entry (only 2020) (07/2020)

     Loligo fishery - SED deployment (07/2020)

     Loligo Licence Briefings (07/2020)

     Skate fishery - Mesh size recommendation (09/2020)

     Positive Covid cases on vessels (02/2021)

     Loligo fishery - closure of area (04/2021)

     Loligo fishery - License infringements policy (05/2021)

     Loligo fishery - Management without MMO (05/2021)

     Changes to ‘W’ licence - season 2022 (12/2021)

     Changes to ‘A’ licence - season 2022 (12/2021)

     Changes to ‘G’ licence - season 2022 (12/2021)

     Loligo fishery - closure of southern area (02/2022)

     Loligo fishery - SED deployment (02/2022)

     Loligo fishery - SED implementation (04/2022)

     Pelagic fishery - Review and TAC (11/2022)

     Skate fishery - Review (11/2022)

     Additional grid squares (02/2023)

     Loligo fishery - SED deployment (02/2023)

     Closing grid square (03/2023)

     Combining licence types (03/2023)

     Loligo fishery - compensatory dates (05/2023)

     By-catch - SBW (07/2023)