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Secretary General of the Chimbote Fishermen's Union, Macedonio Vásquez. (Photo: Courtesy chimbotenlinea.com)

Depending on Imarpe, anchovy fishing season should not start

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 05:00 (GMT + 9)

The Secretary General of the Union of Fishermen of Chimbote, Macedonio Vásquez considered that if the final report of the survey carried out by IMARPE at sea reveals negative results, that is to say, if the anchovy biomass is below 5 million and a half tonnes, the new fishing season should not start.

He recalled that on August 22, five boats, two IMARPE officers and three of the industrial fleet went to sea for surveying larvae and egg; however, it was learned from unofficial information that no good biomass was found.

He pointed out that this survey would end approximately on September 10 and after 20 days a new one would begin with the purpose of determining the amount of anchovy in the sea.

"Although the Minister (of Production) pointed out that the surveys end during November fortnight, that means that depending on it, in December the next season would begin," he said.

He stressed that the situation at sea is worrying and even more, when the Central Government authorized with the supreme decree 024 the depredation of all species in order to complete the established quota, which is 2.8 million tonnes of anchovy.

"Last season it was not able to capture the amount established, 85 per cent was barely reached, that is to say, it was possible to land about 2 million 480 thousand tons," he noted.

He reiterated that if there were not enough quota for the next season, it would be better to suspend it until the species recovers. "Since 2015 we have been warning of the anchovy depredation, but they ignore us," he concluded.

Source: Milton Palpa / chimbotenlinea.com

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