Uruguayan research vessel 'B/I Aldebaran'. (Photo: dinara.gub.uy)
Hake ban extended in Argentinean-Uruguayan area
Thursday, October 04, 2012, 03:10 (GMT + 9)
The Joint Technical Commission for the Maritime Front (CTMFM) decided to extend the ban on hake (Merluccius hubbsi) capture until 1 October, 2013 in the Common Fishing Zone (CFZ), shared by Argentina and Uruguay.
Based on joint research and analysis conducted within the framework of the Treaty of Rio de la Plata and its Maritime Front, the existence of an area where adult specimens in their breeding phase and juvenile specimens of that species concentrate has been proved in the CFZ, states Resolution 6/2012.
Last June, and in order to protect these concentrations and contribute to the proper hake conservation and capture, the CTMFM set a winter closed area through Resolution No. 3/2012.
This regulation was published in the Official Gazette and was in force from 1 July to 30 September 2012 inclusively.
The area where hake fishing has been banned was limited by the following geographical coordinates:
- 35° 51' South - 53° 50' West;
- 36° 01' South - 53° 37' West;
- 37° 04' South - 54° 12' West;
- 37° 26' South - 54° 35' West;
- 37° 01' South - 55° 14' West.
Under the new resolution, the Uruguayan ship B/I Aldebarán is developing the joint research survey 'Cr. 2012-02 Spring,' whose results will define a spring closed area with updated information.
The statistics of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Minagri) of Argentina, indicate that on 1 January and on 28 September 2012, about 175,252.1 tonnes of hake landed in national ports.
This figure shows a 16.8 per cent decrease compared to the registered landings until 30 September, 2011, which totalled 210,568.9 tonnes of hake.
- Hake ban set in common zone
By Analia Murias