Anguilla, Ophichthus reniges. (Photo: Produce)
Quota of 5,000 tonnes set for eel
Monday, January 06, 2014, 00:20 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Production (Produce) has set for this year a total quota for eel (Ophichthus reniges) of 5,000 tonnes, under an interim regime established to protect the resource from over-exploitation and ensure its reproduction.
The total allowable catch is determined taking into account the scientific recommendations of the Peruvian Marine Research Institute (Imarpe).
According to Ministerial Resolution No 360-2013, the capture period will run from 1 January to 31 December 2014, around the area of the Peruvian maritime domain.
Eel fishing will take place either within the prescribed period or to cover the allocated quota of 5,000 tonnes.
Fishing operations may only be carried out by fishing vessels whose owners have complied with the conditions and limits set in the first Final Supplementary Provision of the Regulation for Fishery Management of the Eel.
Boats must carry on board a Scientific Research Technician (SRT) of Imarpe, whose function is to verify eel downloads and the total weight, and then provide such data to Produce.
Similarly, licensed vessels must have Satellite Tracking System (Sisesat) and permanently emit GPS signals in order to know their position.
Shipowners are required to sign an agreement of faithfully and in full compliance with the standard of the Produce’s Directorate General of Monitoring and Control.
Eel processing plants for direct human consumption (DHC) are also required to sign an agreement to comply with the new regulations. These establishments may only accept resources coming from boats that have signed a similar agreement.
By Analia Murias