Minister Gladys Triveño explained the reasons contributing to the anchovy catch quota reduction. (Photo: Produce)
Measures set to mitigate scarce fisheries resource effects
Friday, November 02, 2012, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
The Peruvian government took steps to reduce the impact of the biomass reduction in the sea on the fishing industry and to help especially artisanal fishermen, who are the most affected ones.
This was stated by the head of the Ministry of Production (Produce), Gladys Triveño.
The official explained that the shortage of fish resources and the reduction of the anchovy biomass forced authorities to set a catch quota of 810,000 tonnes for the season beginning this month and ending on 31 January, 2013.
From a technical report issued by experts of Instituto del Mar del Perú (IMARPE), the Government had to take a series of immediate actions to avoid any risk of this pelagic resource sustainability.
Triveño addressed the scientific indications, which ensured that currently the anchovy biomass -- 5.3 million tonnes -- is not enough to cover the optimal amount of spawning biomass (reproducers) to be kept at sea to ensure the reproduction of the species.
"It is probable that we will have to set targeted closures in some regions of the country to protect the growth of the anchovy having smaller sizes and to ensure that this problem does not continue longer," said the minister.
Besides, she argued that the situation in the Peruvian sea is comparable with the results of having experienced the effects of the phenomenon ‘El Niño’ of intense degree, reported Andina agency.
The official added that in coordination with regional governments training tasks for fishermen will be encouraged.
"We require all the sectors’ understanding, from the fisherman to the great entrepreneur, because it is in these circumstances that we need to face the biomass reduction that has occurred in the Peruvian sea together and with great maturity," Treviño concluded.
Finally, the Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal, stated it is important to take measures to ensure the anchovy sustainability.
"What is happening with the fishing activity is a reflection of a situation where we have no adequate consideration for a renewable resource that needs to be protected, cared and sustainably managed," the official added.
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción