The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) set the catch limits for horse mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) and mackerel (Scomber japonicus) for the first quarter of 2012 in 40,000 and 20,000 tonnes, respectively.
As soon as the catch limit is reached for each pelagic resource, the Ministry will suspend the extraction for the remaining days of the authorized period.
They must also inform the General Directorate of Mining and Fish Processing of PRODUCE the results of this task in order to establish the necessary measures to regulate fishing.
According to the report on the situation of both pelagic resources in the Peruvian seashore to December 2011 prepared by IMARPE, the results of population projections for horse mackerel in the coming years indicate that to maintain current levels of biomass, the annual catch should fluctuate between 100,000 and 120,000 tonnes.
The horse mackerel fishing quota between January and March 2012 (40.000 tonnes) may be adjusted according to the changes in the catch rates per effort unit and the resulting estimate by Crucero de Verano 1202-04.
On the other hand, PRODUCE has set a quota for the jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus gigas) catch of 500,000 tonnes for the whole year.
Anyway, if the catch reaches the set quota before the deadline, the fishing will be suspended.
The ceiling may be modified according to the results of monitoring the status of the fishery and the entry of recruits during the summer once proved by scientists of IMARPE.
Only artisanal and industrial vessels having valid fishing license will be able to catch giant squid, Andina agency informed.
Based on the report on the giant squid status in 2011 and the fishing prospects for 2012, the estimated biomass trend indicates that the stock in the area off the coast of Peru changed between 2.51 million and 2.96 million tonnes from 2001 to 2011.
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