Pink clam - Mesodesma donacium. (Photo: idscaro.net)
Pink clam capture in Arequipa still prohibited
Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The Regional Production Management reported that on the coast of Arequipa the pink clam (Mesodesma donacium) fishing ban is still in force.
This measure aims to restore the population of this mollusc, which disappeared from the coast due to El Niño phenomenon, developed between 1997 and 1998.
In this regard, Gustavo Robles, Manager of the Management body, said control tasks in coastal Arequipa are constant. The work is performed in coordination with police authorities, public prosecutors and pink clam fishermen.
Ministerial Resolution No. 099-99 prohibits the capture, transport, retention, marketing or use of the resource in any state of preservation.
Fishermen are aware of the importance of achieving the repopulation of the resource, Andina reports.
For the past year, the Management body carried out the project "Recovery of the stock of pink clam resource" in the provinces of Islay, Camana and Caraveli.
The primary goal of this initiative is to increase the population of clams and its productivity.
A recent research shows a slow recovery of the population of clams in targeted areas of the coast of Arequipa, so the multisectoral work must continue for a longer period.
The pink clam of Islay, Camana and Caraveli sandy beaches suffered predation due to overfishing and natural events such as El Niño.
By Analia Murias