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Falkland Islanders and Argentines agree: Unlicensed fleet is scooping up too much squid

Efforts to protect a key commercial squid species are being hindered by lack of coordination between Argentina and the Falkland Islands.

Unlicensed, unregulated fishing vessels pull an estimated 300,000 tons of ilex squid a year out of the South Atlantic. It's not only an important economic resource. It's also key to a food chain that sustains penguins, seals, birds and whales.

But efforts to manage it were set back in 2005 when Argentina pulled out of a fisheries management organization it had shared with Falklands. Argentina's government doesn't want any cooperation that might hint at recognition of self-government on the British-held islands that it also claims.