Global herring and mackerel markets appear to have experienced mixed fortunes during the past year, affected by fluctuating currencies, drops in landing quota reflected in unit value, and a major market (Russia) imposing a temporary ban on imports.
Total squid catches in the South West Atlantic reached 400 000 tonnes in 2008, about 30 000 tonnes below the record 2007 result. :Lower catches off Falkland/Malvinas were the main responsible for the decline.
Demand for groundfish products seems to be less subject to the impact of the financial crisis worldwide. Surprisingly, consumption is increasing, probably as a result of the health drive on groundfish species consumption.