ARGENTINA: The fishing authorities finally decided to open a sector for shrimp fishing in national waters, within the Permanent Hake Ban Zone, following the migration of the resource to the North.
The National Fisheries Coordination Office ordered the opening of a strip between the parallels 42° 30' to 43' South latitude and meridians 62° and 62° 30' west longitude.
The decision to open only one sector is due to the fact that the survey involving a dozen commercial vessels had raised some doubts about the state of the resource.
According to INIDEP report that evaluated the yield obtained, there were low catches in certain areas. It should be noted that the bad weather complicated the survey, particularly in the last area evaluated, and contributed for the information obtained not to be totally complete or somewhat skewed, reported Pescare.
Now it will be raised this week in the Federal Fisheries Council (CFP) the opportunity to again prospect a quadrant located south of 45° parallel, a latitude near the Gulf of St. George.
Until October 4, a total of 177,569.3 tonnes of shrimp had been landed in Argentine ports, according to statistics from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture. By comparison, last year closed with a record total catch of 178,454.6 tonnes, while in 2015, 142,796.2 tonnes were landed.