We have Whale Wars. Now there’s a Squid War brewing in South America.
Argentine Illex squid live for one or two high-octane years. Like most squid, they eat anything that moves, grow fast, migrate, reproduce, then die. Now Argentina is urging its fishermen to catch the mollusks before they migrate into the waters surrounding the Falkland Islands, which would deliver a strategic blow to the Falkland economy. Squid comprise half the value of the Falkland fisheries.
The Squid War is the latest salvo between the United Kingdom and Argentina, dating back to 1833, when the UK was the British Empire and ousted Argentina from the Falklands. The two nations fought a brief war over the islands in the 1980s, which the UK won. But Argentina still claims the islands.
Last month Argentina convinced Brazil, Uruguay and Chile to shutter their ports to any ship flying the Falkland flag. Are the two nations becoming entwined anew in tentacles of combat?