Shrimp catches continue to be abundant but there is concern about their future. (Photo: Stockf Fle)
Five provinces in conflict over modification of shrimp fishing limit
Tuesday, August 20, 2019, 20:50 (GMT + 9)
Extending the fishing limit of ships based in Mar del Plata was requested to the Federal Fisheries Council, but the Patagonian provinces oppose.
The Federal Fisheries Council
is the collegiate body that defines the country's fisheries policy and in it the provinces with maritime coastline are represented: Buenos Aires, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego. In addition, two representatives of the national cabinet, one of Environment and another of the Ministry of International Relations and Worship, participate.
At the last meeting, Mar del Plata asked to extend the fishing area, but the southern provinces oppose by appealing to “conserve the resource”.
The members of the Federal Council discuss if the limit for the capture of shrimp that now is located east of meridian 63 is modified. The request was made by the Mar del Plata chamber so that ships based in that port are allowed to enter west of the reference line off the Patagonian coasts and thus be able to expand the area where this crustacean is caught in national waters s.
Chubut Fisheries Secretary Adrian Awstin explained in dialogue with Télam that they oppose because they want to preserve the resource, since if the capture capacity is increased the most affected will be the resource and that then translates into a reduction of the biomass
The Chubut official pointed to the fishing chambers of Mar del Plata as "the main interested" in modifying this limit in order to enter the coastal fleet, with boats between 22 and 40 meters in length, "even in half grade," defined the provincial official.
The body that is the main regulator of maritime fishing activity at the national level is headed by the Deputy Fisheries Secretary of the Nation, Juan Bosch and integrated - in addition to the provinces - by a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cult plus another from the Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of the nation.