Fishing landings accumulated between January and August, 2012. (Graph: Subpesca)
Fish landings fall in the first eight months
Wednesday, October 03, 2012, 16:00 (GMT + 9)
Fish landings accumulated up to August 2012 totalled 2.4 million tonnes, 19.5 per cent less than in the first eight months of 2011, when 3 million tonnes were landed, as reported by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca).
According to the latest Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Report issued by the entity, the catching sector contributed 1.8 million tonnes between January and August, 2012.
It has been stated that 85.8 per cent of the catching sector consisted of pelagic resources, a percentage that is almost similar to that last year.
Landings of sardine, anchovy and horse mackerel constituted respectively 39.7 per cent, 36.7 per cent and 13.8 per cent of the total landings of the catching sector until August, 2012.
These landings were concentrated in regions V and X, which together received 895,200 tonnes, equivalent to 56.6 per cent of the total.
Further back were located regions XV to II, where landings totalled 512,400 tonnes (32.4 per cent), and regions III and IV, which accounted for 3.5 per cent of landings, represented by 55,000 tonnes.
As to catches of demersal fisheries, to August 2012 a total of 9265 tonnes of southern hake was landed, 14.6 per cent less than in the same period of 2011 (10,850 tonnes).
Subpesca also reported that the landing of hake accumulated up to August this year totalled 27,000 tonnes, representing a decrease of 14.1 per cent over the same period in 2011 (31,420 tonnes).
The landing of toothfish (Chilean sea bass) was 1,485 tonnes up to August 2012, 49.6 per cent more than in the first eight months of 2011 (993 tonnes).
Between January and August, 643 tonnes of golden kingklip were landed, compared to 592 tonnes in the same period last year, that is to say 18.7 per cent more.
Meanwhile, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) reported that in the first seven months of this year aquaculture harvests totalled 536,865 tonnes, a decrease of 5.8 per cent compared with the same period of 2011, when 569,974 tonnes had been harvested.
The main resources domestically produced were Atlantic salmon, mussel and rainbow trout, which respectively accounted for 35.5 per cent, 31.9 per cent and 21.9 per cent of the total harvest.
Regions X and XI generated most of the harvests: a total of 328,400 tonnes and 179,200 tonnes, respectively.
Atlantic salmon harvests totalled 190,713 tonnes, 43 per cent more than the cumulative volume between January and July 2011 (133,340 tonnes). Most of the production was from Regions XI (114,700 tonnes) and X (56,200 tonnes).
Accumulated mussel harvests up to July totalled 171,117 tonnes, 31.2 per cent less than in the same period in 2011 (248,609 tonnes). A hundred per cent of harvests came from region X.
Meanwhile, rainbow trout harvests totalled 117,770 tonnes, representing 10.1 per cent less than the cumulative volume between January and July 2011 (131,070 tonnes). Most of the production was from Regions X (70,400 tonnes) and XI (42,500 tonnes).
By Analia Murias