Squid Wars in South America

Jack Rodolico By Jack Rodolico

We have Whale Wars. Now there’s a Squid War brewing in South America.

A button from the Anti-Falkland War campaign, UK, 1982.

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?

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  • Linda

    Clearly no thought here of going easy on the planet. Maybe they should consider cultivating kitchen gardens and trying to get along?

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisBoese Chris Boese

    One of the things I am interested to see is how the new Meryl Streep film, Iron Lady, handles the Falklands War. It was SO controversial when it happened, and seemed so ill-advised and unnecessarily brutal.

    Has anyone seen it yet?

  • http://latitudenews.com/ Latitude News

    I haven’t seen Iron Lady yet – very keen to. How will it treat Falklands War? How will it treat miners’ strikes? (How will it treat her husband Dennis…?!) On the Falklands War – its brutality and aftermath for soldiers, if you haven’t seen it, get a copy of Tumbledown – 1988 BBC drama, based on true story of Scots Guards officer (played by young Colin Firth), shot by Argentinian sniper and paralyzed. Controversial at the time – the battle scenes brutal and then indifference of British public and government to the returning war wounded…
    (from Maria B)