Hake catch. (Photo: Produce, PromPeru)
Fishermen go on strike to claim higher hake quota
Friday, April 27, 2012, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
Three days ago, fishermen catching Peruvian hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) in Paita began an indefinite strike, demanding an extension of the fishing quota for this resource.
To express their dissatisfaction and exercise pressure on the Ministry of Production (Produce) for the entity to find a resolution authorizing them to catch about 14,500 tonnes of hake, fishermen have blocked the ways into that town in northern Peru.
The regional president of Piura, Javier Atkins, said the President of the Council of Ministers, Óscar Valdés, assured him that in the coming hours he would communicate the resolution.
It is a "solved issue;" by "Thursday or Friday" the ministerial regulations should have been signed, announced Valdés.
However, strikers are wary about the alleged commitment made by the official, according to the newspaper La República.
Meanwhile, Valdés avoided commenting on the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Patricia Majluf, who said that by June 2012 there would be technical definitions as to whether raise the annual fishing quota of hake or not.
Nevertheless, Valdés clarified: "The ministerial decision will be taken. We are waiting for the minister [of production], José Urquizo to come from Qatar," IDL-Reporteros reported.
Meanwhile, a source from Instituto del Mar del Perú (Imarpe) argued that the decision to increase from 8,600 to 14,500 tonnes has technical support but it was taken while running "the risk" of having a slow recovery of the resource.
"Even though [the increase] does not lead to a collapse of the resource, its recovery will be slow with certain adjustments such as increased fisheries control and supervision of the minimum catch size," he explained.
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción