Patagonian shrimp, Pleoticus muelleri. (Photo: Archivo)
Shrimp season is coming to an end
Friday, October 06, 2017, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
For the time being, the area lying between 42° and 43° South remains closed for shrimp fishing (Pleoticus muelleri) while analyzing the results of the survey conducted a few days ago with vessels of the commercial fleet.
According to the journal Revista Puerto, shrimp was found only in a small area and with this forecast it is unlikely for the INIDEP to advise on the opening of that fishing strip.
"The end of the season in national waters seems imminent and while some consider it necessary to finish it, others have asked that the southern sector be opened to fish for the resources that have remained there," said the journal.
In this regard, INIDEP director Otto Wöhler said the limit of 20,000 tonnes of hake hubbsi as by catch has already been reached -- this year it was reached a month earlier than in 2016. This is added to the fact that the beginning of the shrimp reproduction season is starting, and it is necessary to ensure the protection of the resource.
Meanwhile, several boats remain anchoured waiting for the weather to improve.
Until September 27, shrimp landings totalled 171,137.8 tonnes, a figure that is close to the highest historical limit in 2016, which was 178,454 tonnes.
According to preliminary data from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries of the Nation, 26,104 tonnes of shrimp were landed in Argentine ports in September, compared to 33,122 tonnes in August.