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Imarpe initiates second phase of evaluation of biomass of horse mackerel and mackerel
Friday, June 07, 2019, 20:50 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) reported that this week the Institute of the Sea of Peru (IMARPE) will start the second phase of the hydroacoustic evaluation cruise of horse mackerel and mackerel, which will travel through the central-southern region of the country, from Pucusana to Tacna.
The cruise, which sailed from the Port of Callao on May 20 with a total of 24 scientists, consists of two stages. The first, which covered the north-central area, from Callao to Tumbes, has just ended.
The objective of the operation is to determine the biomass, distribution and the different biological aspects of both transzonal pelagic resources. Its results will serve as a basis for PRODUCE to take decisions that will contribute to the sustainability of the resource, in accordance with international agreements.
The operation is carried out aboard the scientific research vessel BIC Humboldt, with the support of an industrial vessel to expand the sampling coverage.
The horse mackerel and mackerel fishery is focused exclusively on direct human consumption and has now become an important fishing alternative for Peruvian industrial and artisanal shipowners. However, there is still a lack of knowledge about its reproductive aspects, availability, stock differentiation, among others.
It should be mentioned that since 2016 Peru is a full member of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), the body in charge of the exploitation and management of the jack mackerel fishery in the offshore zone of the South Pacific Ocean.