Maritime inspection budget to increase 169pct this year
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Maritime inspection activities (Photo: Produce)PERUWednesday, August 30, 2017,22:00 (GMT + 9)TheMinistry of Productio

 
Maritime inspection activities. (Photo: Produce)

 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 22:00 (GMT + 9)

 

The Ministry of Production's (PRODUCE) budget for maritime inspection will this year change from PEN 26 million (USD 8 million) to PEN 70 million (USD 21.4 million), registering an increase of 169 per cent over that of 2016, said the vice minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Héctor Soldi.

This increase will make it possible to acquire two fast boats to reinforce patrols in the northern part of the country, to purchase specialized software for monitoring illegal fishing vessels and hire 109 new inspectors for the Directorate of Supervision, Inspection and Sanction of the Ministry, surpassing the figure of 1,050 in 2018.

"With this budget increase we will be more efficient in the monitoring work, having a better processing of information. We will also have greater coverage, not only on the coast, but also on the mainland, where aquaculture is present," Soldi said.

Likewise, the deputy minister said that they are working on the new Regulation on Fisheries and Aquaculture Inspections and Sanctions (RISPAC), which has been pre-published and has received about 220 comments from civil society.

The deputy minister reported that so far this year, 19 foreign vessels fishing without authorization and 45 national vessels that were in the same situation have been seized.

He pointed out that from January 1 to August 28 of the current year, 111,524 inspections and 858 joint operations were carried out between PRODUCE and other institutions, which resulted in 10,107 tonnes of seized marine resources in the regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima - Callao, Ica, Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, Puno and Ucayali.

These seizures were due to the non-compliance of the various numerals of the General Fisheries Act, failing to have a fishing permit, not respecting the minimum sizes of the hydrobiological resources or the established closures, among others.

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