Anchovy fisheries. (Photo: Copeinca)
Anchovy fishing second season starts in north-central area
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
As of 21 November, 2012, the Ministry of Production (Produce) authorized the start of the second anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and longnose anchovy (Anchovy nasus) fishing season in the area between the north end of the country's maritime area and 16° 00' South Latitude.
This second capture season will end when the maximum total allowable catch (MTAC) is reached or, alternatively, it may not exceed 31 January, 2013.
The new regulations set that the closing fishing date may be extended or reduced according to environmental biological conditions, after Instituto del Mar del Peru (Imarpe) has issued a report.
The MTAC for the anchovy in the north-centre area for indirect human consumption (IHC) for the second fishing season is 810,000 tonnes.
Specifically, between November and December the North Central MTAC is 410,000 tonnes and by January 2013, it will be 400,000 tonnes.
Only those designated fishing boats, which should be grouped or associated, will be able to perform activities.
And authorized vessels may only use purse seines with minimum mesh size of half an inch (13 millimetres).
The boats may fish outside the areas reserved for artisanal fishing activity and for smaller scale fishing.
When moving around reserved areas towards the fishing area, vessels must maintain cruise speed and steady course.
Besides, fishing must be conducted when the islands or islets are outside the five nautical miles from the coast, reports Andina agency.
The ministerial resolution includes information about the prohibition of catching and/or process anchovy specimens having a size that is less than 12 centimetres in total length, allowing a maximum tolerance of 10 per cent expressed in number of specimens.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.