Peruvian Ministry of Production: after 43 days IMARPE finalized a cruise that will allow the beginning of the 2019 fishing season to be determined

Press release from the Peruvian Ministry of Production

The Scientific Research Vessels (BIC) Humboldt and José Olaya, the fishing boats "Imarpe IV" and "Imarpe V" and other vessels participated

March 28, 2019

  • The Scientific Research Vessels (BIC) Humboldt and José Olaya, the fishing boats "Imarpe IV" and "Imarpe V" and other vessels participated
  • The potential impact of the weak El Niño Phenomenon was also evaluated

The Ministry of Production (PRODUCE) communicated today, that the Instituto del Mar del Perú (IMARPE) concluded the hydroacoustic evaluation cruise of pelagic resources, whose objective was to determine the biomass, distribution and biological-fishing aspects in the Peruvian sea of resources of commercial interest such as anchoveta.

"This evaluation will allow us to know the current status of the anchoveta and, after the IMARPE report, estimate with a scientific basis the start and the quota for the first 2019 fishing season in the north-central region," he said.

PRODUCE stressed that the first fishing season will generate a significant impact on the Peruvian economy and generate more employment in the sector.

This operation was carried out in two stages: the southern stage, which covered Tacna to Callao, was carried out from February 12 to March 3 (20 days); and the northern stage, which ranged from Callao to Punta Sal, from March 6 to 28 (23 days).

In addition, 88 Imarpe specialists participated, who carried out acoustic, fishing gear, biology and oceanography research activities aboard the BIC "Humboldt" and "José Olaya Balandra", the fishing boats "Imarpe IV" and "Imarpe V" and fishing vessels of the National Fisheries Society (SNP), which played a supporting role in order to expand the sampling coverage.

It was indicated that from tomorrow, IMARPE will begin the clerical work phase, with the purpose of integrating the information obtained and developing the population projections of the resource for the determination of the levels of sustainable extraction. This consolidated document will be delivered soon to the Ministry of Production.

Evaluation of the El Niño Phenomenon

PRODUCE indicated that the cruise also obtained information on ecosystem indicators such as the presence of predatory organisms and other important organisms existing in the Peruvian sea.

Likewise, oceanographic studies were carried out to determine the extent and potential impact of the weak El Niño Phenomenon currently under development, by recording the main physical, chemical and biological parameters of the sea, as well as the composition and abundance of the zooplankton and ichthyoplankton.

 

Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2019