Fisheries landings Jan-Mar, 2012. (Graph: Produce)
Sharp drop in fishmeal and fish oil landings
Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
In March, 139,200 tonnes of fishery resources were landed in the Peruvian ports, a volume representing a decrease of 62.5 per cent compared to 370,600 tonnes recorded in the same month in 2011.
This sharp decline is due to reduced anchovy landings for the fishmeal and fish oil industry, according to the latest Statistical Bulletin issued by the Ministry of Production (Produce).
On evaluating the first quarter of 2012, it has been noted that the landings underwent a 40.4 per cent decline over the same period the previous year, changing from 1,122,300 tonnes in 2011 to 669,300 tonnes.
According to Produce, in March 2012 about 31,100 tonnes of fishery resources were landed for the fishmeal and fish oil industry, 86.5 per cent less than the same month of 2011 (228,900 tonnes).
In the first quarter of this year 344,500 tonnes of fishery resources were used for indirect consumption compared to 786,300 tonnes in the same period 2011, that is to say, 56.2 per cent less.
Last March 108,100 tonnes of fishery resources were landed for direct human consumption, compared to 141,700 tonnes in the same month of 2011.
Throughout the first quarter of 2012, a total of 324,800 tonnes of resources was used for direct consumption, 3.3 per cent less than last year (336,000 tonnes).
Last March, 55,100 tonnes were landed for the manufacture of frozen products while in the same month of 2011 about 78,000 tonnes had been landed.
In the first quarter of this year, the accumulated landings for this industry recorded 161,600 tonnes, 8.1 per cent less than in the same period of 2011, when 175,800 tonnes had been landed.
On the other hand, the fishery resources used by the canning industry in March 2012 totalled 14,000 tonnes compared with 29,800 tonnes in the same month last year.
Between January and March 2012 there was a 26.1 per cent decrease in the resources used by the canning industry: 46,100 tonnes compared to 62,400 tonnes in the same period of 2011.
Landings for direct human consumption as fresh products reached about 36,200 tonnes last March while in the same month last year 31,100 tonnes had been used.
In the first quarter of 2012 about 106,800 tonnes of resources were landed to be consumed as fresh products, representing 18.3 per cent over the same period in 2011 (90,300 tonnes).
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member PRODUCE - Ministerio de la Producción