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The workers from the industrial sector have a different vision and assure that only their boats and purse seiners have caught giant squid this year

Artisanal fishermen reject postponement of giant squid law

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Monday, June 24, 2019, 22:50 (GMT + 9)

Guilds of artisanal fishermen declared themselves on alert because of the parliamentary motion that seeks to postpone the entry into force of the law that allows the extraction of giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) only with pots or hand lines, and warned that they will return to the streets to express their rejection.

Marcelo Soto, president of the Confepach, expressed his displeasure and concern at the deputies' presentation to postpone the entry into force of the Law by 24 months.

"It is unacceptable because they approve a Law of the Republic to then erase or change it with the elbow, and always favoring the interests of the industrial sector," said the leader.

According to Soto, the argument presented in the motion does not incorporate any new antecedent to what has already been legislated, so they believe that there was a gigantic industrial fishing lobby pointing to unemployment in its sector due to closure of processing plants.

Purse seiner fishing of giant squid (Photo: Stock File)

The workers from the industrial sector have a different vision and assure that only their boats and the purse seiners have caught giant squid (poton) this year. The artisanal fishermen have not been able to fish due to weather conditions, explains Sergio Vera, president of the Crew Federation of Chile.

On August 17 industrial ships will stop capturing this resource, but the scarce and late presence that has had this year off the coasts forecasts a reduced catch, far from the 160,000 tons that Chile must maintain before the RFMO.

Author: Nicolás Parra /biobiochile.cl


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