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Stanley declared a temporary control zone as first case of avian flu confirmed.

One dead bird, found in the town, tested positive for bird flu. The Falklands Islands Government says as this is an isolated case, a full protection zone won’t be declared. The declaration says: Members of the public are advised to follow strict biosecurity measures and use the footbaths at common sites where they are provided. […]

Prepare for arrival of bird flu, says agriculture department

The disease is more likely to arrive via a sick bird but biosecurity measures have increased. Speaking to Falklands Radio this week senior vet Zoe Fowler explained there has been “no high index of suspicion of avian influenza in poultry or wild animals at this time in the Falkland Islands.” However, as summer approaches so […]

Major Daniel Biggs sworn in as Officer Commanding, Falkland Islands Defence Force

The ceremony was held at FIDF Headquarters on Wednesday evening. Major Biggs, a member of the FIDF for around 20 years, was sworn in by Her Excellency the Governor, Alison Blake. During the ceremony Governor Blake said there were things about Falklands life, values, and institutions that had come home “very forcibly” during her time […]

Airbridge disruption could last for months

Islanders are “effectively stranded” in the UK and representations are being made to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, and the Ministry of Defence. MLA Roger Spink said on Thursday (11 August) that there could be disruption to airbridge bookings for “a month or two”, following the cancellation of an airbridge flight at the beginning […]

Steep decline in breeding pairs of white-chinned petrels on New Island

Rabbits, rats, cats, mice, and climate change could be contributing to dwindling bird populations. New Island is historically home to one of only three known colonies of white-chinned petrels in the Falkland Islands. The seabird, which nests in underground burrows, is categorised as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The species […]

Increase in pre-tax profits by 48% for FIC’s parent company

FIH Group plc announced its annual results on the London Stock Exchange on Monday. Group Chief Executive, Stuart Munro, said he was delighted to be able to present what he called “a strong set of results” that signalled a good recovery from the pandemic and resilience to cost of living pressures. Pre-tax profits for the […]

Salmon farming decision to face judicial review

Aquaculture company, Unity Marine Limited, applied for judicial review proceedings over Executive Council’s decision not to allow salmon farming in the Falkland Islands. The aquaculture company was exploring the feasibility of salmon farming in the Falklands and was under the impression FIG would follow recommendations made in an independent report on aquaculture including island-wide consultation […]

Camp by-election scheduled for September

Ian Hansen resigned from his position as a Camp MLA last month, leaving one seat out of three vacant. A by-election must be held within 70 days of a seat being vacated and Thursday, 21 September, was appointed by Proclamation today. Completed nomination papers must be submitted to the office of the returning officer by […]

History made as Youth Parliament addresses Legislative Assembly for the first time

There have only been three instances of the House being addressed by invited guests. The 11 young and temporarily-honourable members follow in the footsteps of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle last year, and US Congressman F James Sensenbrenner back in 2012. The Youth Parliament, comprised of students from the Falkland Islands Community School, asked the […]

Archery team secures Falklands first gold medal in 24 years

The team brought home the Falklands second gold medal from an Island Games. Kirsty Lewis, Bill Chater, and Mark Lewis beat host island Guernsey 6-2 for first place in the Recurve Head to Head Team Knockout. The team first beat Menorca 6-0, then had some unfinished business to settle with the Faroe Islands coming out […]