Giant squid, Dosidicus gigas. (Photo: Archivo)
Chile, Peru and Ecuador create committee for giant squid management
Tuesday, February 06, 2018, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
Industrial fishermen from Peru, Ecuador and Chile agreed to create the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Southern Pacific Giant Squid (CALAMASUR), working group attached to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO)
The head of this group will be the Peruvian Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, who also chairs the Committee of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the National Society of Industries (SNI).
CALAMASUR is made up of artisanal fishermen, researchers and fish industrialists from Peru, Chile and Ecuador, and advocates the design and implementation of a fisheries, biological and environmental monitoring program for giant squid. It also promotes the development of a stock assessment model applicable to the entire distribution area of the giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the South Pacific.
In this regard, Miranda Eyzaguirre expressed concern about the notorious decrease in the availability of the resource in the waters of Peru and Chile.
"Let´s remember that it is the main resource that sustains artisanal fishing in Peru and the basis for the national freezing industry, we can not neglect its conservation," he said.
Likewise, he highlighted that there is insufficient knowledge of the biological, fishing and ecological characteristics of the giant squid.
"There is an absence of regulation that ensures the sustainability of giant squid in international waters of the South Pacific," he said.
He also demanded greater control of the fishing actors in international waters and of the operation of foreign-flagged fishing vessels in jurisdictional waters, which carry out illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
The declaration of conformation of this committee was delivered to the SPRFMO president, Osvaldo Urrutia, at the 6th Meeting of the Commission held between January 30 and February 3 in Lima.