All posts by: Ross James

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The health of our marine environment plays a key role in the health of the economy, and has a direct effect on our own health and well being. In terms of economy, fisheries has a direct and obvious link with the marine environment, but indirectly tourism is also intrinsically linked with healthy seas and wildlife. […]

An interesting beetle was found today; one of only three that have been recorded in the Falklands before. The weevil, Aegorhinus vitulus, is a species only previously recorded in Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. All Falkland records have been within Stanley, suggesting that it was accidentally introduced and there may now be a small […]

Source: Mapping areas at risk of marine invasion from biofouling By iLaria Marengo In a recent blog, it was revealed that the Falkland Islands, although remote, actually receive a considerable amount of marine traffic. More than a thousand different vessels (tankers, cargo ships, supply vessels, fishing boats, cruise liners, yachts etc) entered the Falklands Conservation […]

An importer recently found a dirty pallet covered in snails among their cargo from the UK… they called Biosecurity to check it out.  On closer inspection Biosecurity found more than just some snails lurking on the pallet; two species of non-native spider, seven snails, a European earwig and lots of soil and leaves were also stuck to it, or hiding […]

A Brazilian Wandering Spider found its way to the Falklands last week after hitching a ride from Uruguay among a bunch of bananas. These spiders are known to be aggressive and highly venomous, in fact in the 2010 Guinness World Records they were described as the most venomous spider in the world! The bananas were […]

I visited New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries to find out how they ‘Grow and protect New Zealand’. It turns out the Kiwi’s are not only good at rugby. New Zealand has more similarities with the Falkland Islands than you might think, and it’s not just that both country’s capitals are known for their strong […]

Many folk will remember the great potato famine of 2014 when local stocks ran dry and people were forced to have dinners of mutton without spuds. Lots of people grow potatoes, both in gardens and commercially, but some people seem to have more luck than others. Furthermore some potato varieties have been passed down through […]

In August representatives from the South Atlantic UK Overseas Territories met on Ascension Island to discuss biosecurity. The workshop was organised and funded by the JNCC and hosted by the Ascension Island Government. The delegation comprised a mixed bunch of people representing governments, NGO’s and related industries from the Falklands, South Georgia, Tristan Da Cunha, […]