FINN(COM) DAILY RECORD: MONDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2004
Antarctic conference looks at poaching - Breaking News -
Patagonian toothfish poaching will again be a hot topic of discussion when an
international summit on Antarctic marine life opens in Hobart.
The 23rd Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources
(CCAMLR) meeting will be opened in Hobart on Monday by Tasmania's Lieutenant
Governor William Cox.
CCAMLR executive secretary Dr Denzil Miller said as in previous years, the
illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing for Patagonian toothfish
remained a priority item.
"CCAMLR continues to address the serious issue of IUU fishing through its scheme
to monitor global toothfish trade as well as by the implementation of measures
to reduce the incidental capture of seabirds during fishing operations in the
CCAMLR area," he said in a statement.
"As in 2003, enforcement action against IUU fishers will be given priority
attention, as will new enforcement procedures, such as the continued development
of a centrally-located, satellite vessel monitoring system."
Dr Miller said other "bread and butter" issues would include estimation of catch
levels for harvested species and the development of scientific approaches to
monitor species other than those targeted by fisheries.
CCAMLR, which has 24 member countries, meets annually to pursue its key aim of
ensuring sustainable use of marine living resources in the Southern Ocean.
Dr Miller said the convention area was just under three times the continental
land mass of Australia, representing about 11 per cent of the world's total
Preceded by two weeks of scientific meetings, the closed-door summit will
continue until November 5.
© 2004 AAP
Norton Rose in Falklands’ first AIM float
Corporate finance partner Simon Cox led the team advising Falkland Islands Oil and Gas Limited (FOGL) on the innovative admission.
The firm was asked to tender and the transaction took place during August and September. FOGL’s shares were admitted to trading on 14 October and raised £12m.
Cox said because Falklands company law lags behind UK legislation, the team had to find a way to ensure the admission was compatible with both jurisdictions.
Norton Rose worked with the islands’ Attorney General and Companies House, with Ledingham Chalmers advising on Falklands law.
Cox said: “It was… a learning curve with relation to the law over there.” Addleshaw Goddard advised issuer KBC Peel Hunt.
FIBS NEWS DIRECT: 25 OCTOBER 2004
A finfish trawler had an unexpected catch on Saturday, when it pulled in a giant squid. It measured a total of 9 metres in length and will be used for research purposes when the ship, Tsarte, calls into port. The Giasnt Squid was caught to the west of the Jason Islands just on the inside of the FICZ. A Fisheries spokesman says that it probably wasn’t still alive when it was hauled in and thinks it was scooped up off the seabed, having died of natural causes. The last time a Giant Squid was caught in Falklands waters, it was put on display before being sent off to the Natural History Museum. It was sent there aboard the BAS vessel, James Clark Ross. This is the third time a Giant Squid has been caught in our waters. The first was recorded in 2001 and then one was caught earlier this year.
Money is still being counted from Sunday’s Charity AB Sail on Mt. Harriet. Sian Ferguson (SF) spoke to one of the organisers, Keith James (KJ), from Hillside Camp, who told FIBS about the event.
KJ: We AB Sailed on Mt. Harriet, which is 35Metres in height. The money that we raised is still being counted at the moment, so we haven’t got a total. About 25 people came up. The youngest was 8 and I think the oldest age was about 50.
SF: Do you have any indication about how much money you did raise?
KJ: We are looking in the region of about £300.00. CBFFI will double that, so it will be £600.00.
SF: What will the money be used for?
KJ: It will be used for a new Children’s room in a Children’s Hospice. British Forces here in the Falklands are trying to raise £40,000.00. The first event was a sponsored Bench Press on Saturday evening and the second, the sponsored AB Sail. There are other events organised over the next few months.
SF: Anyone wanting to know where to hand in donations can call Keith at 22214.
Stanley Darts Club Doubles Competition was played on Saturday afternoon in the Victory Bar. Players were paired off depending on where they finished on the Back of the Card during the season. I asked Darts Club Chairman, Willie Harvey (WH), how the event had gone.
WH: It went extremely well. There was a good atmosphere and everyone enjoyed themselves. There were a few good games. Kevin Clapp and Caroline Parr were a good pair and they got 4th. Shiela Harvey and Ross Challoner got 3rd, Melvin Plato and Cathy Jake got second and Nevel Christian and Alan Bonner 1st.
CG: How many turned up in the end?
WH: We had 38 come along. That’s not brilliant but it was a good laugh. Everyone enjoyed themselves.
Two pieces of ordinance will be destroyed at Pt. San Carlos this afternoon. JSEOD found a smoke grenade near the settlement last month and they found an anti-personal round. The items were destroyed prior to 1600. All the necessary precautions were taken.
Davis Street will be closed at times between Snake Hill and the Bypass throughout this week to let PWD carry out road improvements. Although the road will be closed in stages, access will remain open to businesses in the area. Drivers are asked to use alternative routes wherever possible.
Uruguayan Scallop trawler Holdberg is in for an experimental licence and the Baffin Bay is in for stores. The JCR is still at FIPASS. There are 21 vessels in the zone. Catches today averaged 10 tonnes. The rest of the catches are Hoki and Blue Whiting.
There was a report over the weekend that a road roller on the North Camp Track had fallen foul of vandals. RFIP said a rock had been thrown through one of the side windows of the vehicle.
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