Macha clam capture ban set for five years
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Macha clam is a mollusk native to the South American west coast, between Sechura bay (Peru) and Inio River beac

 
Macha clam is a mollusk native to the South American west coast, between Sechura bay (Peru) and Inio River beaches (Chile). (Photo: Stockfile/FIS)

 

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Thursday, August 03, 2017, 21:40 (GMT + 9)

 

The Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) has set a five-year capture ban on the macha clam (Mesodesma donacium) in the maritime areas of Valparaíso, O'Higgins and El Maule regions.

This measure was recommended by the Technical Scientific Committee in order to favour the recovery of the resource in free areas of these areas of the country.

The Benthic Resource Management and Capture Areas, the Coastal Protected Areas of Multiple Uses (AMCP-MU) and the Marine Coastal Spaces of Native Peoples (EMCPO) that have the macha clam resource as the main species within their current management plan or administration are excepted from this provision. In both cases, the traders will have to take the documents proving the legal origin of the resource.

During this period, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service(SERNAPESCA), through resolution, will be able to establish measures and procedures to carry out an adequate inspection of compliance with the closure.

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