Fishermen conducting a Patagonian shrimp survey. (Photo: INIDEP)
Shrimp survey begins in Gulf of San Jorge
Friday, September 17, 2010, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
The Secretary of Chubut Fisheries will investigate prawns (Pleoticus muelleri) in the waters of the Gulf of San Jorge from this Saturday until next Tuesday.
According to Resolution No. 257/10, a commercial survey will be authorised in the Gulf from zero hours on 18 September to 21 of the same month in the maritime area covered by the following geographical positions: 44° 56' SL and the coast, 44° 56' SL and the outer limits of provincial jurisdiction, 46° 00' SL and 67° 20' WL, 46° 00' S and the outer limits of provincial jurisdiction.
The Chubut government took these measures only hours after Santa Cruz closed its waters, as they warned that continued fishing could jeopardise the 2011 shrimping season.
The Secretary of Fisheries, Hugo Stecconi, will attempt to re-allow fishing in the area as soon as possible, as he had promised to do so to fishing companies.
The survey involved six ships, two freezer vessels in the province of Chubut, two freezer vessels in the province of Santa Cruz and two fresh fishing ships in Chubut.
The ships participating in the study are likely to embark with observers appointed by the authorities.
They must land all the catches that they get during this period in Chubut ports, without exception.
"The presence of the vessels in the area will be subject to the provision of the required information and cooperation necessary for the assessment provided. If in the opinion of the enforcement authority, they do not meet the above conditions, it will be determined whether or not to disallow the vessel from fishing in the area in the future," says the resolution.
According to official figures released by the Subsecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Nation, between 1 January and 10 September 2010, 47,956.4 tonnes of shrimp were landed in Argentine ports.
Meanwhile, between the first day of 2009 and 4 September of that year, they caught 33,517.4 tonnes of the resource.
By Analia Murias