Peruvian government raises anchovy quota

Numbers intended to ensure recovery of resource, says government

The Peruvian government has increased the anchovy quota for the second fishing season starting in November, a move that has been welcomed by IFFO (the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation), the international marine ingredients trade organization.

According to the Peruvian Ministry of Production, the industrial anchovy fishing quota for the north-central fishing area will be 2.3 million metric tons for the November 2013 to January 2014 fishing season. Peruvian anchovy is the world’s largest fishery and it has two fishing seasons each year – the first for north-central usually running from May to July, and the second running from November to the end of the following January. The 2.3 million metric ton quota is about 12 percent higher than that for the first season of 2013 and more than 180 percent higher than the 810,000 metric tons for the equivalent season of 2012. This new quota brings the fishery back into historically normal quota ranges after the 68 percent quota reduction imposed for 2012’s second season.

Deputy Minister of Fisheries Paul Phumpiu said the new quota was intended to ensure the recovery of the biomass of the pelagic resource, established on the basis of a series of recommendations from the Instituto del Mar del Peru. Its latest survey determined the biomass at 10.3 million metric tons in the north-central area and 1.87 million metric tons in the southern zone.

In addition, the government indicated that the anchovy capture season in the south area of Peru will have a quota of 430,000 metric tons, following 400,000 metric tons for the first season of 2013, and will run from late October until March 2014. Total annual quotas for this zone have remained around 700,000 to 850,000 metric tons for the whole year for several years.