Presentation of ministerial decree setting an area of five miles only for direct consumption. (Photo: Produce)
Artisanal fishermen in favour of preserving area for DHC
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
For artisanal fishermen’s unions of the regions of Lima, Arequipa, Tacna, Ancash, Ica and Callao, Supreme Decree 005-2012 of the Ministry of Production (Produce) will safeguard the aquatic species for future generations.
That is, the sector supports the Government in preserving the five nautical miles for fishing targeted exclusively for direct human consumption (DHC).
According to Juan Moina, vice president of the Association of Artisanal Fishermen of Vila Vila and Anexos, "it is necessary to protect the first five nautical miles because it is the area where the breeding process of various species takes place."
During a forum organized by the Committee on Production, Micro and Small Enterprises and Cooperatives of the Congress of the Republic, the leader explained that the basis of Vila Vila and Morrosama, in Tacna, and artisanal fishermen of Arequipa and Moquegua will defend the validity of the rule as it benefits the true artisanal seaman, Andina agency reports.
Meanwhile, Pucusana representative, Ricardo Vilca, stressed the importance of the support to the measure from artisanal fishermen.
"Let’s put an end to unfairness. It is time for things to change, with this standard the Peruvian artisanal fishermen and families will benefit from marine resources," he pointed out.
In addition, the president of the Front for the Defense of Artisanal Fishermen of Camaná (Arequipa), Alejandro Martinez; the Vice President of the Federation of Artisanal Fishermen of Chimbote, Jose Romero; and the secretary general of the Association of Artisanal Fishermen of Ancon, Jhony Nagashima participated in the forum.
Furthermore, the forum was attended by the President of the Lurín National Fisheries Collective Fisheries, Victor Torrejón; the Secretary of the Organization of Jose Olaya Balandra of Chimbote, Carlos Gadea; and the Secretary of Economy of Artisanal Fishermen of Arequipa, Jose Vasquez, among others.
The ministerial resolution reserves five nautical miles exclusively for artisanal fishing (boats with a capacity of 0-10 cubic meters), directed to DHC to avoid predation of marine resources.
Gladys Triveño, the head of Produce, stressed that in the areas of five miles set 65 per cent of anchovy and 100 per cent of other coastal fisheries are bred.
Besides, the decree requires that vessels with a capacity of 10 to 32.5 tonnes may fish in the area stretching from mile 5 to 10, for DHC and for the fishmeal industry.
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Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción