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Falklands : PORTFOLIO REPORT OF THE HON MRS PHYL RENDELL MLA
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 18.12.2014 (Current Article)

Thank you Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, my portfolio is Natural Resources.

PORTFOLIO REPORT OF THE HON MRS PHYL RENDELL MLA

Thank you Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, my portfolio is Natural Resources. I am going to first of all talk about the Fisheries Department and then move on to Agriculture. I also have portfolio responsibilities for FIMCO so I will make reference to that at the end.

As published in Penguin News, it has been a record year for fish catches. Total catches passed 450,000 tonnes by the end of November. Much of this was due to the large Illex catch earlier in the year. While such strong performances are reassuring as we end this year 2014, it would be really good to think that we might see a return to a more positive relationship with Argentina on the issues of regional fisheries conservation and shared stocks in particular.

The constructive arrangements which existed through the Ď90s and the early Ď2000 and from which Argentina withdrew, are history now. But whilst that bilateral arrangement existed, it did serve to improve overall fisheries management and conservation.

As we approach Christmas there are only a couple of vessels continuing to fish in the Falkland Islandsí zone, which is fairly typical during this time of year.

Preparations are underway for the 2015 Illex season and interest in licences, I am told, remains high. I also would like to add that the Director and his staff are preparing a code pf practice to take into account conditions for fishermen, which particularly apply to the Illex fishery. And I would like to think that I can bring that to my colleagues in January.

The Falklands are recognised as a major Squid producing area and for the management of Squid resources. In this context the Senior Fisheries Scientist Dr Arkhipkin, was invited to contribute to a symposium on Pacific Squid which was held in Peru in November.

Moving on to FIPASS, as mentioned in my last meeting in my Motion for Adjournment, the management of FIPASS has transferred from Byron Ė McKay Port Services to AkLink Limited. Also tender documents for the more urgent surveys and repair works for FIPASS have been released. Bids for the ultrasonic fitness measurements survey have been received and are being evaluated.

On tender documents for some of the major structural works, including the Ro-ro barge are currently open for bids with the closing date in early January. So we are making progress there.

Work has also continued on a policy issue necessary for the modernisation of the Falkland Islands Marine Legislation. This is a massive piece of work and I am grateful for the work of the Attorney Generalís Chambers (I will be the first person to pay the fine) for their contribution to this legislation.

Looking at Agriculture, on the Veterinary front there has been a big push recently on work relating to securing wider market access for Falklandsí meat products. Information on animal production, animal health status and related veterinary issues has been progressing to target new markets.

Whilst that will hopefully result in additional market opportunities, all of us need to be aware that it can be a very long process to negotiate for such market access and, in rare cases, there may be some insurmountable hurdles. Some similar work is also on-going for wool exports. The Department of Agriculture (DOA) is bringing in a livestock assessment grader in January. This was a response to FIMCO who would like to see more training and skilling up for farmers to assess the quality and grade of their lambs, their mutton and their cattle. And I am pleased that the Department of Agriculture has responded to this because FIMCO only a month ago asked for this training to be brought forward as early as possible in the season and I am pleased to announce that we have got a grader coming in January. I believe the training will be taking place between the 15th and 21st of January. So farmers that are interested should get in touch with the Agriculture Department to see how that programme will be compiled.

There is on-going work with the National Stud Flock in selecting studs and genetics for the AI Programme for the National Stud Flock in 2015. A number of options are also being looked at for increasing the pace of genetic development, which could involve an expanded role for the national stud flock. More work is going to be done on that in 2015 to try and speed up genetic change in our flocks.

Looking at staffing, we are recruiting a temporary Vet to replace Zoe Luxton and we are also in the process of recruiting a Meat Hygiene Inspector to work at FIMCO for this high season. But most importantly we do have Mr Ian Campbell returning from Australia as the Senior Agricultural Advisor. This will bring some leadership to the Agricultural Department. I am sure that with his previous experience with the Department he will hit the ground running and we will see some good results in the Department.

It is also my pleasure to thank Kate Goudy who has just returned to Australia. She has been an agricultural advisor to us for many years and also has been acting as a Senior Agricultural Advisor. We wish her well in her future career back in Australia. Travis Ellington has joined the department and he is an agricultural advisor, advising on animals and stock.

In the Fisheries Department weíve got Brendan Lee, who has transferred to become a Tooth-fish Scientist and this post is jointly funded between the Government and CFL.

As with other departments, the Department of Natural Resources is busy preparing their budget for 2015/16. A lot of work is going into that.

Referring finally to FIMCO, we are just about to begin the export season. FIMCO is gearing up for that and a lot of work is going on. The season will be starting a week later than normal in January in the anticipation the stock will be better prepared if we start that little bit later. I am optimistic we will have a good season for farmers and for FIMCO and we have a better growing season than we did last year.

Thank you Mr Speaker.

GS: Mr Speaker, I thank the Honourable Lady for her report, especially on the Fisheries Department. It is heartening news. I donít know whether you mentioned it or not but I
picked up vibes somewhere that the dear old Southern Blue Whiting might finally be showing signs of recovery. Is that correct?

PR: Mr Speaker, yes, I have seen that report. There is a recovery of Southern Blue Whiting and if you would like more detail I can get that from the Director of Fisheries but it is encouraging and Rock Cod has been holding out very well also.

Thank you.

GS: Mr Speaker, sorry to keep coming in this morning. The Abattoir is starting a week late. I presume the season has shifted by one week. They are quite comfortable that given the weather conditions that sometimes pertain to Falklandsí roads they are going to become a dramatic issue at the tail end of the season? It was just a slight worry I had.

PR: Mr Speaker I indeed have that slight worry and so do farmers. We will just have to see what conditions are like in May. But the current plan is that the season will finish the same time as it has in previous years even though it is starting a week later. But if the stock is there in the quantities and the roads are holding up and transport systems are working, there is a possibility that the season might drift on for a few days or another week afterwards. But it really is a matter of the quality of the stock and the weather conditions.
Thank you Mr Speaker

 

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St Helena : LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGY MITIGATION PROGRAMME PROGRESSING WELL (LEMP)
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 04.11.2014 (Current Article)

The Landscape & Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP), part of St Helena Governmentís Airport Project, is progressing well, with new staff recruitments, facilities and plants.

LANDSCAPE & ECOLOGY MITIGATION PROGRAMME PROGRESSING WELL (LEMP)


The Landscape & Ecology Mitigation Programme (LEMP), part of St Helena Governmentís Airport Project, is progressing well, with new staff recruitments, facilities and plants.

Amongst its many areas of work, the LEMP team is tasked with regenerating all temporarily disturbed ground caused by the construction of the Airport, in conjunction with Basil Read, and with providing compensatory habitat for all lands permanently lost.

There are now 8 people directly employed on Island by the LEMP carrying out ecological surveys, collecting seeds from the wild, growing plants, and carrying out habitat restoration activities throughout the Airport Development Area. The LEMP is also partnered by AECOM, a UK based consultancy which has been involved with the Airport Project for several years. AECOM is currently creating draft landscape designs which will be assessed by LEMP staff and public stakeholders and refined during an on-Island visit by staff later this month.

To be able to grow the tens of thousands of plants required, the LEMP has reinvigorated the old training centre below the Rock Club in Half Tree Hollow into the LEMP Tree Nursery where the majority of plants will be grown.

LEMP Project Manager, Ross Towers, explains:

ďThere has been weeks of hard work put in to remove several yearsí worth of weed growth, to repair derelict buildings, and to kit the facility out to be able to produce the plants we will need over the next few years. The team has worked very hard to get the place up to scratch.Ē

Species currently being grown for conservation rehabilitation efforts include native and endemic species such as samphire, ebony, scrubwood and fishbone grass. There are also plants for residential areas such as flamboyant for Rupertís Valley being grown. Residents from Rupertís, Deadwood and Bottom Woods are being asked whether there are any particular plants they would like to see in their district.

For more information on the LEMP or to pass on your ideas, contact Ross Towers, LEMP Project Manager, on 22721 at the Air Access Office, Second Floor Post Office, Jamestown, or by email: ross-towers@sainthelena.gov.sh.

SHG
4 November 2014

 

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Tristan : Tristan da Cunha: The Way Tristanians Tell It
Submitted by Tristan Times (Juanita Brock) 07.01.2004 (Current Article)

Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier have written an informative book about Tristan da Cunha, its people, way of life and language.

TRISTAN da CUNHA: THE WAY TRISTANIANS TELL IT

By J. Brock (SARTMA)

 

The Cover of Daniel and Karen's book

Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier have written an informative book about Tristan da Cunha, its people, way of life and language. Entitled "Tristan da Cunha: History, People, language," it has a forward by James Glass, the former Chief Islander and preface and acknowledgements by the authors. What makes this book unique is that it has an Islander as a co-author. Normally, outsiders, who have a keen interest and knowledge of the Island, author books about Tristan da Cunha.

This well-written book, published by Battlebridge Publications, details briefly a concise history of the Island from its discovery in 1506 by the Portuguese navigator, Tristao da Cunha, to its modern day events, including the 21 May 2001 hurricane that devastated the Island. Many black and white photos depict the Tristan of today, its people and life, as well as leisure activities. Newer photos show the damage the 2001 hurricane did to the Islandís infrastructure.

A Tristan Glossary completely details the Islandís unique interpretation of English and traces its words and phrases back to the original countries or origin. Afrikaans, Americanisms, dialectal English and uniquely Tristanian words are explained in the glossary.

Proceeds from the book are going to the Tristan Disaster Appeal. Details on how to obtain a copy of this book can be found on the website: http://www.battlebridge.com.

 

 

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