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30th Anniversary of the Falkland Islands Fishery
Established in 2005 by the Fisheries Ordinance; The Falkland Islands
Fishing Companies Association (‘FIFCA’) represents and promotes the
interests of the thirteen Falkland Island Companies holding individual
transferrable quota (‘ITQ’) in the Falkland Islands Fishery.
The current members of FIFCA are: Argos Group Ltd, Beauchene Fishing
Ltd., Bold Ventures Ltd., Byron Fishing Ltd., Consolidated Fisheries
Ltd., Fortuna Ltd., JK Marine Ltd., Pioneer Seafoods Ltd., RBC Ltd.,
Seafish (Falklands) Ltd., Seaview Ltd., Southern Cross Ltd. and Sulivan
Shipping Services Ltd.
The Falklands’ fishery, with its world leading quota management system
is recognised as one of the most sustainably managed fisheries in the
world. For thirty years it has provided quality seafood to international
markets and since the introduction of the ITQ system in 2005 has made an
increasingly significant contribution to the Falkland’s economic success.
Companies catch a variety of commercial species in Falkland Islands
waters. In order of appearance on the First Day Cover, Southern Blue
Whiting, Falkland Calamari, Hoki, Kingclip Patagonian Toothfish, Illex
Squid, Rock Cod, Ray, and Common Hake.
The First Day Cover acknowledges the Falkland Islands link to
international involvement in the fishery with a Far Eastern squid jigger
being pictured. Since the early 1980’s vessels from Japan, Korea, and
Taiwan have fished our waters for Illex squid. This large but volatile
fishery is the only major sector of the industry to enter the ITQ system.
The 31p stamp “Progress” displays the newly launched (2017) state of the
art longline fishing vessel CFL Hunter. The vessel is owned by
Consolidated Fisheries Limited (CFL), a Falkland company owned by a
consortium of Falkland fishing companies. CFL are the sole holders of
fishing quota for Patagonian Toothfish around the Islands and the
fishery is Marine Stewardship Certified (MSC). The construction of the
Hunter represents a significant milestone in the development of the
Falkland Islands fishing industry.
Under the theme of “Protection” on the 76p stamp is the Fishery
Protection Vessel Protegat, operated by the Falkland Island’s
Government. The Protegat is a key asset in the management, protection
and policing of the Fishery. She acts as an effective deterrent to those
involved in illegal fishing and is equipped with enforcement weaponry.
The fishing vessel Argos Vigo represents ‘Industry’ on the £1.01 stamp.
She is owned and operated by Argos Group Limited and has installed a
pioneering bird scaring system to its stern known as a fixed aerial
array (FAA). The FAA is to discourage seabirds from seeking food during
the fishing operation when they can become entangled in the nets and
lines. This system is beginning to be adopted by other vessels in the
fleet in preference over the ‘tori line system’ developed originally in
the longline fishery. Industry and Fishery managers work together to
ensure that the fishery operates to the highest environmental standards
whilst protecting crew safety.
The fishing operation is supported by numerous service providers
including launch operators who provide port logistic services. The Frank
Wild in the foreground is a 50' Halmatic pilot boat, originally built
for the Humber Pilot Authority in 1975 and named the Captain F W
Evenden. She was bought by Sullivan Shipping Services in 1988 and
transported to the Falkland Islands on the deck of the FI patrol vessel
Falklands Right and renamed the Frank Wild after the famous Antarctic
Explorer. She has served the company well for almost 30 years.
The Robin M Lee is shown on the £1.22 stamp with the ‘Science’ theme.
The Falkland’s fishery management system is science based. Regular
scientific cruises are undertaken on fishing vessels and there is
comprehensive ‘on board’ scientific observer coverage. Real time data
is forwarded to a dedicated team of scientists in the Falkland Islands
Government Fisheries Department. The Falkland Calamari in the foreground
is the most widely caught across the fleet.
Artist Robin Carter
Printer Cartor Security Printing
Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cm
Stamp size 28 x 42mm
Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)
Release date 23 October, 2017
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd