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SNI asks to expand anchovy fishing zone for DHC in Tacna

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Friday, February 24, 2017, 02:10 (GMT + 9)

The National Industry Society (SNI) has asked the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) to expand the area in which small-scale purse seiners are authorized to catch anchovy in Tacna, due to problems of supply of this resource.

It should be recalled that through a supreme decree issued in 2015, the Ministry created a reserve area for the anchovy and white anchovy catch for direct human consumption in southern Peru, to ensure its sustainability. The area, which stretches from the coastline to five nautical miles (between 16°00'00" south latitude to the southern end of the maritime domain), is exclusive to artisanal and small-scale vessels.

At present, the artisanal fleet can fish up to mile 3.5, and as from there, smaller vessels using purse seines or any other mechanism with an engine can do so.

But according to the president of the Committee of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the SNI, Alfonso Miranda, "a serious mistake was made", because unlike the north coast, the platforms of the continental shelf are small and very deep at distances near the coast, and this makes anchovy for direct human consumption fishing difficult, newspaper El Comercio reported

"On the north coast, the platform deepens several miles outside, but in the south it is less than a mile. This makes anchovy, which generally stays near the coast, remain close to the platform and moving outside the 3 miles, you will not find it. For that condition small-scale fishing should be allowed to catch," the manager told El Comercio.

Miranda also states that the landing of anchovy in Tacna stopped since 2015, the year in which Supreme Decree 01-2015-Produce was issued, and about a dozen plants have no raw material to process.

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee of the SNI sent a letter to Produce authorities, which, on technical grounds, supports its position to repeal Article 1 of the said Decree in order to expand the catch space of the smaller vessels.

In the view of Jesus Veliz, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee of SNI, the Supreme Decree 010-2010-Produce has to be reapplied, which established that from parallel 18°10 ', in Tacna, small-scale and artisanal vessels could start their catch outside mile 1.


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