Red snapper, Pagrus pagrus. (Photo: A. M. Arias/ictioterm.es)
Red snapper and Brazilian flathead maximum catch set in CFZ with Uruguay
Friday, August 31, 2012, 16:40 (GMT + 9)
The Joint Technical Commission for the Maritime Front (CTMFM) set at 6,500 tonnes the total allowable catch (TAC) of red snapper (Pagrus pagrus) and at 6,000 tonnes that of Brazilian flathead (Percophis brasiliensis) in the Common Fishing Zone (CFZ) shared by Argentina and Uruguay.
According to Resolution 5/12, published in the Official Gazette of Argentina, the limits set for this year are consistent with the conclusions arising from the Coastal Resources Working Group.
The decision was made taking into account "the need to contribute to the conservation and rational capture" of both resources.
According to the data provided by CTMFM, between January and July 2012 about 3,574 tonnes of Brazilian flathead were caught in the shared area, a figure that is similar to that of the same period of 2011.
Should the level be kept, it may result in the early closure later this year.
Anyway, the fishing industry benchmarks assured that the Brazilian flathead is not being sought because of the low prices that dominate the coastal activity.
As for red snapper, the Argentinean fleet unloaded 1,439 tonnes of this fish from the CFZ. This volume represents a fall of 30.2 per cent so the maximum allowable catch would not be reached, reported Pescare.
Meanwhile, the data provided by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture of Argentina indicate that between 1 January and 23 August, 2012 about 1,667.3 tonnes of red snapper were landed in national ports.
This volume is lower (32.6 per cent) than that recorded between the first day of 2011 and 31 August of that year, when 2,470.2 tonnes had been unloaded.
Until 23 August 4,538.1 tonnes of Brazilian flathead were landed, representing a 7.5 per cent less than that between the first day of 2011 and 31 August of that year, when 4,901 tonnes had been unloaded.
By Analia Murias