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Fishing chamber requests early squid season opening

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 23:40 (GMT + 9)

The Argentine Chamber of Jigger Owners (CAPA) requested the Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) that the next squid (Illex argentinus) season must begin before the usual date, schedules on February 1.

The jigger chamber suggests opening the season on January 10, based on the results obtained last season. The advance of the opening of this cephalopod capture allowed the sector to add almost one more tide, which had a positive impact on the subsequent development of the season.

INIDEP scientists consider that the proposed date is feasible, and that even the fleet could fish from the first day of January in the area located south of the 44th parallel South, on the "summer spawning stock" (SDV).

"The fleet traditionally fishes the SDV at the beginning of the season. The squid are those near the end of their life cycle, so it is possible to advance the opening for a better use of this subpopulation," said INIDEP.

The shipowners maintain that enabling the season beforehand will offset the impact generated by the fishing operations that more than 200 vessels usually perform at mile 201 since December.

INIDEP scientists clarified that, depending on the results and sizes of capture of the first fishing days, they would determine if it is necessary to modify or not the authorized fishing zone.

The CFP is waiting to receive more information before adopting a decision that temporarily modifies Resolution 973/97, which sets February 1 as the start date of the squid season.

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