Minister of production, Kurt Burneo announced measures to protect the anchovy. (Photo: Produce)
Anchovy fishery redirection fostered
Monday, September 12, 2011, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
The Minister of Production (Produce), Kurt Burneo, announced the launch of a series of measures to protect the anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and redirect the fishery towards direct human consumption (CHD) as part of the country's food security.
"We talked about food security in the sense of having the ability to have a supply of inexpensive protein-based marine products," said the minister.
Burneo explained that currently anchovy fishing is mainly oriented to the industrial fishery for fishmeal production. This activity is stimulated by the attractive prices of this product in the international market, but it implies a lower availability of the resource for human consumption.
Now the emphasis relies on improving the infrastructure and the artisanal fishing landing, as they are important elements for the sector.
In addition, the Government will encourage the promotion of micro and small enterprises.
After participating in a meeting with the first Vice President of the Republic, Marisol Espinoza; and with Piura Regional President, Javier Atkins Lerggios; Burneo recalled that two weeks ago a campaign was launched to increase hydrobiological product consumption, as currently each person consumes 22,1 kg of fish per year.
The minister also announced that in the coming days he is to meet with managers of the different national fishing terminals and with representatives of fishermen to conduct training programmes.
Meanwhile, he warned that from October three auditors will be applying drastic sanctions in the fisheries sector in Piura, the agency Andina reported.
According to the latest Statistical Bulletin prepared by Produce, between January and June 2011 a total of 4,281,400 tonnes of anchovy were landed, that is to say, 61.9 per cent over the same period in 2010, when 2,644,800 tonnes were unloaded.
Meanwhile, only in June this year 706,400 tonnes of anchovy were landed, a figure representing a decrease of 38.5 per cent over the same month of 2010.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción