Purse seiner used for fishing for anchovy. (Photo: Produce)
Biomass protection implemented in first five miles
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) has begun the implementation of the Supreme Decree 005-2012 to protect the anchovy biomass reproduction as well as that of other fisheries within the first five nautical miles.
The Government also aims to ensure that the fishing activity conducted in the 10 miles along the entire Peruvian coast is destined to the population’s consumption.
In the first five miles 65 per cent of the anchovy and 100 per cent of other coastal fisheries spawn so now they are exclusively destined to artisanal fishing.
These catches are destined to consumption and are obtained by vessels having a storage capacity of up to 10 cubic metres.
According to Resolution No. 433-2012, the second reserve zone is between the 5 miles and the 10 miles for the small-scale fishing, with boats having a storage capacity from 10 to 32.6 cubic metres.
The captured resources should be directed for direct human consumption (DHC) in order to ensure the food and nutritional security of the population.
The larger-scale or the industrial vessels must operate from the 10 miles.
The additional standard approved by Produce also sets that the owners of small-scale vessels are required to request that their ships go through a technical inspection including the verification of:
- The main dimensions and spaces below deck;
- The storage capacity;
- The documentation.
This inspection will be made to all smaller-scale vessels and will be carried out by the General Captaincy and Coast Guard Directorate under the Defense Ministry.
The Peruvian government expects that the fishmeal and fish oil industry will continue to play a significant role, preserving the anchovy biomass.
It also claims that the average annual fish consumption should increase from the current level -- 19 kg per capita -- to 30 kg in the coming years.
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción