Anchovy fishing prohibited for 10 days –

Anchovy fishing prohibited for 10 days Published:  01 March, 2011

The Ministry of Production (Produce) in Peru has announced the suspension of industrial fishing of anchovy (Engraulis ringens) for 10 days, which started from Sunday 27 February, in the area between parallels 16°00¨00´ and 17°00”00´0 South Latitude.

The measure was adopted after a recommendation by the Peruvian Institute of Marine Affairs (Imarpe), as they noticed the presence of juvenile specimens of the pelagic resource.

In a report on the state of the anchovy fishery in the Southern Region of the Peruvian Coast, ranging from 17 to 22 February, Imarpe specified that there is a significant presence of juvenile anchovy off the ports of Ático and La Planchada in the Arequipa region.

Produce warns that those who fail to comply with this measure will be sanctioned under the Rules of Inspections and Penalties for Fisheries and Aquaculture (Rispac) and supplementary regulations.

The Ministry also ordered the suspension of artisanal fishing of anchovy for direct human consumption (DHC) throughout the Peruvian coast.

According to the latest Statistical Bulletin prepared by Produce, in November 2010, a total of 231,500 tonnes of anchovy was landed, which is 79.7 per cent less than the same month of 2009, when 1,138,200 tonnes were unloaded.

Meanwhile, between January and November 2010, 3,173,400 tonnes of anchovy were landed, 35.1 per cent less than the same period in 2009 (4,893,400 tonnes).