THE MADRID AGREEMENTS FULFILL THE STORIES OF LORD SHACKLETON

On January 3, 1976, Lord Shacketon arrived in the Malvinas and six months later, on July 21, the Foreign Office presented in 450 pages the survey on fishing, wool production, oil and mining, reporting that in a radius of 200 miles from the Malvinas could be found “one of the world's largest protein resources”; Cesar Lerena

7 de August de 2023 15:30

The RRS Shackleton; a Royal Research Ship operated by British scientific research organizations in the Malvina Islands, the South Atlantic and Antarctica, between 1955 and 1983.

In 1848 Sir William Molesworth, who in 1855 would be Secretary of State for the Colonies of the United Kingdom, said: «On the miserable Malvinas Islands, wheat does not grow, trees do not grow, they are blown down by the winds; since 1841 they cost us 35 thousand pounds, without any return or benefit. Decidedly, I am of the opinion that this useless possession should be returned, of course, to the Government of Buenos Aires, which precisely claims.

It would take 128 years for the British to realize that the wealth was in the sea and not in the Islands; issue, which the Argentine rulers still do not understand. On January 3, 1976, Lord Shacketon arrived in the Malvinas and six months later, on July 21, the Foreign Office presented in 450 pages the survey on fishing, wool production, oil and mining, reporting that in a radius of 200 miles from the Malvinas could be found “one of the world's largest protein resources” and, he said, only “ blue whiting ” represents the total volume of fishing in the United Kingdom. By then, cod, polish, various hake, haddock and squid; species that, to this day, are illegally exploited in the Malvinas, extracting an average of 250 thousand tons per year.

Shackleton's recommendations were sufficiently stimulating to justify the continuation of the British invasion of the Malvinas; since, although Argentine fishing activity on the continent was beginning its industrial production and foreign trade, national catches in the extreme south were almost non-existent. Total Argentine fishing exports in 1976 reached only 113 thousand tons, while that the average fishing extraction by foreign vessels in the Malvinas - as we said - was already 250 thousand tons/year.

Everything was yet to be done in fishing matters in Argentina and the English report already specified it with respect to the Malvinas. We could mention, without too much detail, that, for lack of fish, the King of Spain Charles IV in 1789 had established a fishery in Puerto Deseado. .For its part, in 1904 the Compañía Argentina de Pescado SA began operating.

By Agenda Malvinas

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