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Multi-Sectoral Effort to Recover Peruvian Hake

02 February 2012

PERU - The Ministry of Production (Produce) has announced the establishment of a Multi-Sectoral Working Group, which will help recover the Peruvian hake along the country's coasts.

Andina reports that the members of this group will meet weekly during the first phase of work.

In this regard, the head of Produce, Jose Urquizo, said that: "During the first stage weekly meetings, due to the urgency of establishing a recovery plan for hake, were coordinated."

Likewise, Andina reports that he indicated that in the first session a recovery plan for Peruvian hake biomass was produced in order to define mechanisms and deadlines, as experts from Instituto del Mar del Peru (Imarpe) explain, there is a drastic decrease in hake populations on the coast, which is primarily composed of juveniles.

Mr Urquizo stressed the commitment of group members, among which are a representative of the Vice Ministry of Fisheries, two of the Directorate General of Fish Catches and Processing, one of PRODUCE Directorate General of Monitoring, Control and Surveillance, one of the Artisanal Fisheries Directorate and two of Imarpe.

Moreover, for the private sector, a representative of the National Society of Industries (SNI), one from the hake companies or operators that are not affiliated with the SNI, one belonging to Trade Union of Fishermen of the Port of Paita, and one of the Trawlers and Factory Trawlers Fishermen's Union.

The Multi-Sectoral Working Group has a Technical Secretariat in charge of the Directorate for Human Consumption from the Directorate General of Fish Catches and Processing.

In early January, Produce established an Interim Regime for hake fishing for this year. The measure is in force from the extreme north of the country's maritime domain to 06°00' South Latitude, from the 1 January to 31 December.

The season will end when the Maximum Total Allowable Catch (MTAC) set at 8,600 tonnes is reached.

This volume may be caught during the authorised Interim Regime period for Fishing.

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