DESPITE a dismal last season for Illex fishing with very low catches, interest in licences for the coming season is holding up and the process is likely to be oversubscribed, confirmed MLA Phyl Rendell last week.
Measures to protect fishermen will exceed flag state demands
MEASURES that will sometimes exceed flag state requirements, in order to improve the safety of fisherman working on ships in the Illex fishery in Falklands waters have been agreed by the Falkland Islands Government.
Director of Natural Resources John Barton told Penguin News: “As an example of measures exceeding flag state requirements it has been specified that all vessels will have survival suits for all crew; which has not previously been the case on most jigging vessels.”
In Executive Council last week measures were agreed that will become enforceable licence conditions, and will be monitored by enhanced checks on vessels collecting licenses.
“Safety check lists will be of FIG origin, and in some cases may exceed flag state regulations,” stated Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Mike Summers.