Deputies process bill to regulate Pacific pomfret fishing
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Pacific pomfret (Brama australis) sale at a street market (Photo: Lawenai CC BY-SA 4 0)CHILEThursday, November 03,
 

Pacific pomfret (Brama australis) sale at a street market. (Photo: Lawenai/CC BY-SA 4.0)

 

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Thursday, November 03, 2016, 02:20 (GMT + 9)

 

Pacific pomfret (Brama australis), a widely distributed fish in the South Pacific, is one of the resources that has gained popularity and prominence among Chileans.

This highly migratory species is distributed between Regions III and XI, in depths reaching 100 metres, but for some time it has been found mainly in the south, off the coast of the Region of Los Lagos (X) and Aysen (XI ).

This situation has led artisanal fishermen to stop operations in some coves further north of the country, considering that the Fisheries Act states that since 1991 there has been the regionalization of the fishing operation of the artisanal fleet.

For this reason, a bill submitted by the Government seeks to offer artisanal fishermen the possibility for them to agree on the Pacific pomfret capture operations beyond the boundaries of their own region in a controlled and orderly manner, it has been explained from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The project, which has started the legislative process this week in the Chamber of Deputies, stipulates that artisanal owners of the Biobío, Los Lagos and Aysen regions will be able to perform capture activities under certain conditions. A basic requirement is to have the registered fishermen’s agreement in the fishery or in the above mentioned areas, provided they have registered landings in the last three years.

Some of the obligations that will govern for artisanal fishermen are: the maximum number and identification of the vessels that may be operated, which should be selected through an objective procedure and respecting precautionary and sustainable criteria; the duration of the authorization issued by the operation area, which in no case can be less than three years; the days during which catch can be performed by vessels in the region or in the authorized area; ports and landing times, among others.

It is expected that in the coming weeks the project begins to be discussed, and that artisanal fishermen are the protagonists.

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