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Adding value to Falkland Island fisheries through the collective management of shared fish stocks 2019


The south-west Atlantic is home to some of the most productive fisheries in the world. This rich natural capital underpins a dynamic, thriving economy and society in the Falkland Islands, supports coastal communities in South America, and contributes to vibrant seafood markets in Asia and Europe. Yet the future of these fisheries is far from assured and the region lags behind all but the worst regional performers in terms of the percentage of fish stocks managed at sustainable levels.

This report considered: what are the benefits of an effective regional fisheries management agreement for straddling stocks, such as hoki, Illex squid and southern blue whiting; and how would this enhance the Falkland Islands and regional fisheries in economic and biological terms?

This study was undertaken as part of a programme of Natural Capital Assessments (NCAs) in the UK's South Atlantic Overseas Territories implemented by JNCC and conducted by SAERI. Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) of the UK Government through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund (CSSF), the work sits under the Environmental Resilience programme which includes objectives to integrate natural capital considerations into economic and social development planning.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2019·05·01

Harte, M. & Watson, J. 2019. Closing the gap: Adding value to Falkland Island fisheries through the collective management of shared fish stocks. Natural Capital in the UK’s Overseas Territories Report Series – Supplementary Report (South Atlantic Region). Contracted report to JNCC

Contracted report to JNCC as part of the 'Natural Capital in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Overseas Territories: Valuation, Vulnerability and Monitoring Change' project.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC distributor

Limitations on public access Open access

Use constraints Open, cite source of data

Metadata date 2021·01·18

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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