Fishing is the second productive activity in Peru. (Photo: IFFO/FIS)
Peru's leader in fisheries sustainability, according to IFFO
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
According to the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organization (IFFO), Peru is in the first place of fisheries sustainability ranking developed by the University of British Columbia.
This was announced by the chairman of the Council of Ministers, Salomón Lerner, referring to statements by IFFO director general, Jonathan Shepherd, at the annual meeting that this body held in Lima.
The meeting, whose theme is 'The role of marine ingredients in feeding the world', began on Sunday, 16 October and will end on Thursday, 20 October.
Lerner also noted that one of the Peruvian policies for the sustainable development of fisheries is the establishment of an individual quota system.
He noted that other policies are the strengthening of the satellite tracking system of fishing vessels and the starting up of a monitoring and surveillance programme that includes an inspector on each plant.
In Peru, fishing is the second production activity and creates jobs and food resources.
According to IFFO technical director, Andrew Jackson, Peru is a paradigm in the field of fisheries thanks to the conjunction of the individual quota system, a good regulation and a control system by third parties.
At the international meeting James Anderson, fisheries and aquaculture specialist for the World Bank, stated that in accordance with global experience, the implementation of a system of individual catch quotas enhances the value of the fishery resource and causes a migration of the production for indirect human consumption (IHC) to the production for direct human consumption (DHC).
IFFO president, Humberto Speziani stressed that fishing should be used to eradicate hunger in times of crisis so the fishing industry is essential.
IFFO partners are present in over 40 countries, accounting for two thirds of production and for 80 per cent of fishmeal and fish oil traded worldwide, the agency Andina reported.
By Analia Murias