Shrimp catch. (Photo Credit: Asociacion Argentina de Capitanes de Pesca)
Shrimp fishery closed in strip of national waters
Monday, June 19, 2017, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
The Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) unanimously decided to close the shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) fishery in the area between the 64° 15' meridian and the limit of provincial jurisdiction and the 45° and 47° latitude south, in national waters.
The measure was adopted after analyzing a technical report from INIDEP, in which scientists indicate that the observations made in that area indicate the presence of shrimp having smaller size than the category L3 so they suggest the adoption of precautionary management in order to avoid overfishing of growing specimens.
Anyway, the statistics released by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries of the Nation indicate that the shrimp season is registering excellent yields, having landed 63,705 tonnes up to June 14, compared to the 50,153.7 tonnes landed in the first six months of 2016. In the first two weeks of June alone, a total of 10,996.8 tonnes were captured, and 12,051.7 tonnes were caught in May.
The coastal fleet landed most of the catches, with 37,478.9 tonnes, followed by that of jiggers, which landed 19,163.1 tonnes.
If the level of fishing recorded so far is maintained, this year's season could mark a new record of catches.