PERU :The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) plans to announce the 2019 first fishing season quota at the beginning of March, after the Peruvian Sea Institute (IMARPE) concludes its scientific research to determine the start of the new season and the recommended catch.
"At the beginning of March, a report will be delivered, which will determine how much the first quota of the year will be," said Minister Rául Pérez-Reyes, according to Andina news agency.
He also noted that the El Niño Phenomenon would not affect this year´s first fishing season, as long as it continues with the intensity it presents to date.
"If El Niño continues to be as it has been, it has not even reached a moderate level, apparently we will not have any effect on fishing and we could have a good first season and better 2019," he said.
Regarding illegal fishing, Pérez-Reyes said that actions continue to be being taken to combat it, such as the acquisition of four Chinese fast-moving vessels, which will be added to the two that have already been purchased.
"Also, through the Peru Navy, the purchase of six similar vessels is being managed," he added.
In this regard, he stressed that the objective for this year is for each coastal region to have one of these ships in its main artisanal fishing wharf.
The Minister of Production indicated that by the year 2021 there would be 41 vessels of rapid reach distributed in each port, to carry out control and inspection actions.