SPRFMO ratifies jack mackerel quota for Chile
Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 05:00 (GMT + 9)
The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Organization (SPRFMO) ratified for Chile a jack mackerel quota of 439,000 tonnes for 2020, during a meeting of the entity in Vanuatu, Oceania.
The quota endorsed in the meeting had been previously set by the scientific committee of the SPRFMO during a meeting in Cuba.
On that occasion, Chile and the other countries that capture jack mackerel in the South Pacific saw their respective quotas increase by 15%.
In the meeting held in Vanuatu Chile was represented by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Sernapesca, Chancellery and the Navy.
The SPRFMO is a multilateral organization that manages fishing activity in the South Pacific area, where Chile and states from different continents operate.
Along with ratifying jack mackerel quotas, different measures focused on the sustainability of the resource were approved in Vanuatu.
At the meeting, the participants also adopted agreements regarding the operation on the giant squid in the South Pacific.
Some of these provisions are linked to specific aspects - such as the use of technological elements or the work of scientific observers - and aim to have data that allow, for example, to develop assessments of resource stocks.
During the recent appointment in Oceania, it was also approved to conduct research fishing on the high seas of the southeast Pacific Ocean, under the strict standards of the SPRFMO. The purpose is to investigate the presence of Chilean seabass in certain areas.
The next meeting of the multilateral entity is scheduled for January 2021 in Russia.
Chile was one of the states that promoted the creation of the SPRFMO to safeguard the jack mackerel, a resource that was beeing overexploited due to the absence of fishing regulations in the South Pacific.