INIDEP observers reported a significant reduction in catches per unit of effort in recent days
Shrimp fishery closed until March 2020
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 00:10 (GMT + 9)
The Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) decided to temporarily close the shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) fishery in national waters, from November 8 until the beginning of March.
The measure adopted implies suspension of the dispatch to fishing and the cessation of capture operations aimed at the species.
Shrimp catch under monitoring of INIDEP observer (Photo: INIDEP) ►
The decision was made on the basis of a note from INIDEP with information reported by onboard observers, which indicate a significant reduction in catches per unit of effort in recent days and an increase in the average hake / shrimp ratio.
The report indicates that “from October 26 to November 3 the average hake / shrimp ratio has risen to 1.66”, so the INIDEP recommends the cessation of shrimp fishing operations until the beginning of March, outside the AVJM (hake juvenile closed area). The measure also aims to protect the reproductive process of shrimp, which has a high percentage of impregnated females.
► INIDEP observer taking data on board. (Photo: INIDEP)
The CFP also instructed the Application Authority to convene the Shrimp Monitoring Commission for November 20.
According to statistics from the Undersecretary of Fisheries of the Nation, until November 7, 183,788.3 tonnes of shrimp were landed in Argentine ports, compared to 231,090.1 tonnes in the first 10 months of last year.