King Penguins feed on small bio-luminous Lantern fish, which are too small to be caught commercially, so King penguins have not been affected by commercial fishing.
Gentoo Penguin populations declined following the establishment of commercial fishing in the Falklands, but have since recovered as Gentoo's switched their diet to species not caught commercially. Gentoo penguins are very adaptable in what they can eat.
Rockhopper Penguin populations declined by 90% in the Falkland Islands following the establishment of commercial fishing. Populations now seem stable at around 10% of their former size, with the vastly reduced population finally being in balance with the reduced food availability resulting from commercial fishing.
Macaroni Penguin populations are very small in the Falklands, and there are no Macaroni penguin colonies. A total of around 50 pairs of Macaroni breed in Rockhopper colonies across the Falklands.
Magellanic Penguin populations have declined by over 90% in the Falkland Islands since the establishment of commercial fishing. Magellanic penguins have the highest dependency on species caught commercially, and continue to decline as adults are unable to catch adequate food to raise healthy chicks. Bingham 2002
"Penguins of the Falkland Islands & South America"
by Mike Bingham
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