Anchovy fishing. (Photo: Produce)
Anchovy catches enabled out of the 4 nautical miles in Moquegua
Monday, August 27, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) agreed with the representatives of the artisanal fishermen’s union of Ilo, Moquegua, anchovy (Engraulis ringens) capture out of the four nautical miles up to 31 December, 2012.
According to the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Paul Phumpiu, this is a Special Temporary Regime to be implemented only in the department of Moquegua, which is part of the new fishing regulation set to limit anchovy capture and to conserve this important pelagic resource.
"The Government's priority is to ensure the sustainable supply and responsible use of aquatic resources in harmony with the preservation of the environment," the official stated.
The owners of fishing vessels are forced to fulfill and respect certain requirements related to the registration, supervision, revocation of the fishing right, the incorporation of vessels in the exceptional regime and the prohibition of the construction of new vessels, among others.
Produce will approve the list of fishing vessels which will be able to have recourse to the exceptional regime.
These vessels must perform their activities alternately, in accordance with what is set by the authority, reports the agency Andina.
In addition, all vessels must have the satellite tracking system on board or other alternative monitoring mechanism to be defined between the regional government and Produce so as to avoid breaching the regulations.
Phumpiu warned that if the owners of the vessels do not comply with the rule, "will lose the fishing right."
According to a new decree by Produce, amending the regulation of fisheries management of the resource, the area between 0 and 5 nautical miles is reserved for direct human consumption, and is exclusive for artisanal fishing.
Meanwhile, the area between 5 and until 10 nautical miles from the coast is reserved for smaller scale fishing, which should be directed preferentially to DHC, but it can also participate in the indirect one.
The provision defines artisanal fishing as the one that employs vessels of up to 10 cubic metres of storage capacity and with the performance of manual activity.
On 7 August, the second fishing season of anchovy and longnose anchovy (Anchoa nasus) in the area between 16°00'00" South Latitude and the southern end of the country's maritime domain.
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By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción