The horse mackerel fishery has remained provisionally closed since 16 August. (Photo: YouTube/Stock File/FIS)
Horse mackerel fishery reopened in the Cantabrian Sea
Thursday, October 04, 2012, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
The Secretariat General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) announced the reopening of the horse mackerel fishery in the Cantabrian Sea (an area known as VIIIc) for the purse seine fleet of the Northwestern area and of the Cantabrian.
The fishery has remained provisionally closed since 16 August in the area from Finisterre to the Bay of Biscay, after having checked the depletion of the additional quota for the pelagic species allocated to vessels fishing in the area.
The Spanish government ordered a catch quota of 450 tonnes, based on the review of the available information on the Centralised Database of the Secretariat General of Fisheries.
Magrama stated that updated data were used as to landing declarations and sales notes, taking into account the flexibility allowed under Community rules.
It is expected that the horse mackerel fishery remains open until the Fisheries authority checks the consumption of the 450 tonnes.
Galician purse seiners now have a limit of 4,000 kilograms of horse mackerel catch per boat a week while in normal conditions they have a quota of 6,000 kg per day.
The Government aims to improve the species sustainability and to safeguard their catch.
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By Analia Murias