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Shrimp catches reach new record high
2016-11-16 11:25:29 copyfrom： hits:
The shrimp is registering another very good season this year. (Photo: Stock File)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 00:40 (GMT + 9)
The shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) fishery is registering another boom, with catches that have reached a new record of 150,507 tonnes until November 14, according to preliminary data from the Undersecretariat of Fisheries of the Nation.
In addition, industry sources point out that the crustaceans that are being obtained show good quality and size.
When there are still several weeks of activity, accumulated landings so far this year have already exceeded 5.1 per cent of the total volume landed last year, which was 143,127 tonnes.
Statistics from the Undersecretariat show that the shrimp fleet practically doubled its performance between 2012 and 2016, from 79,657 tonnes to more than 150,500 tonnes.
According to Pescare, some freezer shrimp vessels continue to operate in national waters outside the permanent ban hake zone (ZVP), north of the 41° parallel, while the Rawson coastal fleet operates on the provincial strip.
Freezer vessels accounted for the bulk of the landings, with 93,708.1 tonnes, followed by the coastal ones, with 32,988.6 tonnes, and the fresh product vessels, whose landings reached 22,931.5 tonnes.
Meanwhile, the estuary fleet landed 879.0 tonnes until Monday.
The latest available export figures indicate that in the first eight months of this year 96,853 tonnes of shrimp were exported for USD 597 million. These figures represent an interannual increase of 47 per cent in terms of volume and 41.8 per cent in value due to the fact that the average price fell by 3.6 per cent.
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