Shrimp fishing. (Photo: INIDEP)
Shrimp survey in national waters approved
Friday, July 14, 2017, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
The Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) has given permission to conduct a commercial survey on shrimp in waters under national jurisdiction, starting next July 25.
The exploratory fishery will be carried out between the parallels 45° and 44° south latitude and the meridians 64° and 61°30' west longitude for four days to evaluate the abundance and size of the crustacean.
During the first two days operations will be carried out between the parallels 44°30' and 45°S, and during the other two days they will be performed between the parallels 44° and 44°30'S.
Ten freezer shrimp vessels will be drawn by lot, which will have to perform the search for shrimp concentrations in the entire area to be prospected.
Once the survey is completed and if its results make it possible the total or partial opening of the area prospected for shrimp fishing will be authorized.
On the other hand, based on the reports sent by the observers, the National Institute for Research and Fisheries Development (INIDEP) updated data on the yields obtained by the fleet south of 45° between June 19 and July 5.
During that period, 40,817 tonnes of shrimp were caught within the national jurisdiction, out of a total reported landing so far for the species at all ports of 84,948 tonnes.
"The yields obtained in kilograms of shrimp per trawling hour have remained generally higher than those achieved last year, with the structure of commercial categories similar in both," the report said.
INIDEP also reported that from June 17 to 30 the hake/shrimp ratio ranged from 0.10 in the first week to 0.12 in the second week. The total level of by-catch of hake from March 19 to June 30 was 6,400 tonnes.