PERU: The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) announced that the fisheries sector registered an important advance in January this year, thanks to the good anchovy catches obtained during the second fishing season in the north-central zone of the Peruvian coast.
"The maximum anchovy catch was achieved last January. Nearly half a million tonnes (of anchovy) was caught and we are waiting for information on the anchovy fishery," said Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hector Soldi.
The second season of anchovy fishing in the north-central zone of the Peruvian coast took place between November 27, 2017 and January 26 this year, with a total maximum limit of allowable catch of 1.49 million tonnes.
According to the deputy minister, the fisheries sector is expected to represent 1.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) this year, due to the expectation of anchovy catches and the good performance of aquaculture, Andina news agency reported.
"We hope that the contribution of the fisheries sector to GDP this year will range between 1 percent and 1.5 percent," said Soldi.