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The success of fisheries management relies firmly on the quality of science, the ability to predict the size and condition of fish populations and set sustainable fishing quotas with accuracy and confidence.

Fisheries management in the Falklands is strictly science-based. The advanced understanding of the interaction between the critical factors that affect sustainability; fish biology and ecology, environmental variances as well as fishing, is the result of a sophisticated and integrated fisheries research, management and monitoring system which has been refined over many years. A significant proportion of revenues originating from the industry are invested in ensuring the highest quality of science supports the development of the fishery.

As a result experts rate the standard of knowledge of local species of fish and squid in the Falklands as amongst the very best available in modern ocean science. 

Extensive studies into the Falkland squid, Loligo Gahi, for example, which is resident around the Islands all year round making it a relatively inexpensive species to study has made the Falklands a world authority on cephalopods which are an important component of the marine food chain and discoveries made in the Islands are vital for understanding the high natural variations experienced by the species in fisheries all over the world. 

The Falklands ecosystem wide approach is expanding knowledge of all of the fisheries drivers and impacts on a global scale. Pioneering studies into the competition between commercially valuable species such as Toothfish and Kingclip for Notothenia, the main prey fish of most predators and subject itself of growing commercial interest, or the extent that Patagonian Hoki and Whiting, two pelagic feeders, differ in feeding strategy and can coexist without having a negative impact on each other, are fundamental advances in the field of studied knowledge concerning critical predator/ prey relationships.

Careful investigations into environmental variability, which is by far the largest influence on squid stocks, have made significant developments for the scientific perspective of the complex interactions between fish stocks and the system where the organisms live.
The team at the helm of the Falklands fishery, the fisheries scientists and managers, are prominent and internationally respected professionals, foremost in their respective fields and have published many peer reviewed papers in leading marine science and policy journals.

A current list of peer-reviewed publications is available at


Patagonian Hake
Red Cod
Patagonian Red Fish
Falkland Herring
Southern Blue Whiting