Fresh Hake catch, Merlucius gayi. (Photo: piuraemprende.blogspot.com.ar)
Hake fisheries management modified
Monday, July 02, 2012, 01:40 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) announced that the rules governing hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) fisheries management, including the start and closure of the annual fishing season and the maximum total allowable catch (MTAC), may be modified even after the fishing season has started.
From now on, fisheries management will be established through provisional fishing regimes in terms of technical reports drawn up by Instituto del Mar del Peru (Imarpe).
Produce will consider the variability of ecosystems in the Peruvian sea, following the Humboldt Current, among other issues.
If bycatch of juvenile hake specimens is performed in percentages above 20 per cent for three consecutive days or five alternate days over a period of seven days, fishing will be suspended in the area occurring for seven consecutive days.
If the activity is resumed, the suspension will be double, and if it continues, it should be permanent, the agency Andina reported.
The Ministry will also implement fines and other sanctions under the General Law of Fisheries, after the due assessments.
Meanwhile, Lizardo Ayllón, coordinator of the Committee on Fisheries of the National Society of Industries (SNI), said that during the latest cruise performed by Imarpe to assess the status of hake a biomass of 150,000 tonnes was found in the north, instead of 50,000 tonnes that had been found a year before.
Therefore, the fishing sector requests a further increase of the fishing quota so as to take advantage of the increased availability of the resource before the ban that usually begins in September each year is set, reports Diario Gestión.
Out of the 14,500 tonnes of hake from the set quota, 10,000 tonnes have already been caught, the fishing leader stated.
- Hake fishery quota expanded
By Analia Murias