Illex squid. (Photo: Pasqualinonet)
Mar del Plata centralizes jigger squid landings
Thursday, March 08, 2018, 21:50 (GMT + 9)
The operation with the squid was intense in the port of Mar del Plata during the first fifty days of the season. From the end of January, when the jiggers finished the first tide, until these days they worked without pause.
The reflection of that task appears in the official statistics. According to data from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries, until February the local maritime station accumulated 28 illex landings for 22,935 tonnes and once again leads the segment.
The other two important terminals that serve as the logistics base are Puerto Deseado (18,504 tonnes) and Puerto Madryn (9,590 tonnes), closer to the fishing area, located in this part of the year south of the 44° parallel of South latitude.
The bulk of the shipowners choose to resign a couple of fishing days and the cost of fuel to carry out landing activities in Mar del Plata due to the prices and quality of the stowage, the supply of containers and the discounts implemented by the Consortium in the use of the dock.
Naturally, as the resource migrates northward and if this level is maintained at the site, the volume here will tend to grow. During 2017, more than 60 per cent of the squid catches were landed in Mar del Plata.
The last parts analyzed by the INIDEP corresponding to fifty-five vessels indicate that until mid-February, the average daily fishing per vessel was around 32.2 tonnes. In total, 51,032 tonnes were accumulated.
The figure indicates that more than half of the fish have already been caught in 2017 (98,973 tonnes). Until 2014 a similar volume was found in the first two months of operations. Then there were 54,221 tonnes between February and March.