Mackerel landing. (Photo: Juan Murias/Copyright FIS)
Mackerel ban requested to stop illegal fishing
Monday, October 21, 2013, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The head of the Regional Directorate of Production (Direpro) of Piura, Lizardo Ayon Valdivieso, asked the national government to impose a ban on the catch of mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the north of the country due to the high level of illegal fishing.
The official reported that in Paita and across the northern zone, specimens having sizes under 30 centimetres are caught so they asked the authorities of the Ministry of Production (Produce) and the Instituto del Mar (Imarpe) to adopt a one month ban as a protection measure.
Ayon Valdivieso recalled that juvenile mackerel biomass currently stands at around 800,000 tonnes.
Since early this year to date, Direpro inspectors from Piura have seized approximately 200,000 tonnes of mackerel having sizes that are under 22 centimetres while the allowed sale size is 30 centimetres, reported the agency Andina.
The regional director stressed that this fish, which was seized in tolls and docks, only represents 5 per cent of the illegal catch.
In addition, the authority found that small pelagic fish illegally caught are destined to fishmeal plants in Chimbote and to markets.
"The mackerel is a resource that is mostly found in the south of Chimbote, but due to the unusual weather conditions at present, it is located in the north, but as juvenile," the official stated.
For this reason, he emphasized on the need to protect it, "in order to achieve sustainability."
To curb the illegal capture, Direpro head announced the launch of the campaign "No to kids’ capture,' which aims to combine housewives’ efforts and those of all involved in the production chain.
For this purpose, unions and artisanal fishing landing administrators were invited to sign a written commitment not to allow the landing of marine species in smaller sizes than those authorized.
"We will be tough on the landing sites. Those administrators enabling the landing of small resources will be removed from office and will receive a statutory penalty," Ayon Valdivieso ensured.
By Analia Murias