A Peruvian purse seiner. (Photo: NOAA)
Anchovy fishing suspended for a week
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 23:00 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) temporarily suspended anchovy (Engraulis ringens) and longnose anchovy (Anchoa nasus) fishing in the maritime area from 06° 00' South Latitude and 9° 00' South Latitude, in the northern-central area. The measure took effect at the zero hour today and will last for seven calendar days.
The ban was ordered as a precautionary measure to protect juvenile anchovy specimens in the area concerned and to ensure the sustainability of the resource. This is because of an assessment carried out by Instituto del Mar del Peru (Imarpe) that revealed a significant increase in the proportion of juvenile specimens in the catches of this small pelagic.
The report states that in the first ten days of June 1.47 million tonnes were landed in the northern-central region, with sizes ranging between 8.5 and 17.5 centimetres long and a polymodal size structure with two sizes in 12.5 and 14.5 centimetres.
The first season of anchovy fishing in the area between the northern tip of Peru's maritime domain and 16° 00' South Latitude began on 4 April.
In the northern-central area a maximum total allowable catch (MTAC) of 2.7 million tonnes of anchovy for indirect human consumption was authorized.
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By Laura Fasano
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member NOAA/NMFSborrar