Southern hake quota for 2017 increases
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Southern hake, Merluccius australis (Photo: Mazu)CHILESaturday, November 26, 2016,01:50 (GMT + 9)The overall fishing

Southern hake, Merluccius australis. (Photo: Mazu)


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Saturday, November 26, 2016, 01:50 (GMT + 9)


The overall fishing quota for southern hake (Merluccius australis) authorized for 2017 for the fishing zone between the X and XII Regions will be 19,010 tonnes.

This was announced by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture(SUBPESCA) during the meeting of the southern hake management committee, held on Tuesday in Puerto Montt.

The new quota represents an approximate increase of 2,000 tonnes compared to the level established for 2016 and considers a distribution of 11,388 tonnes for artisanal fishing and 7,592 tonnes for the industrial sector for next year, with a 60 per cent and 40 per cent, respectively.

In this regard, the president of the Southern Provincial Demersal Artisanal Fishermen's Association, Juan Garcia, pointed out that although the increase is positive, it is important to bear in mind the negative impact of the quota reduction experienced by the sector in the last three years.

The leader recalled that in its most critical time, between 2013 and 2014, this decrease meant a 42 per cent drop in the southern hake volume available to be caught on an annual basis, without considering a social support platform.

Garcia also highlighted the work done by the southern hake management committee over the last two years to deal with those quota cuts that it considers "whimsical" and whose impact has been "very damaging to the artisanal sector."

For the fishery members of the committee, it would also be important to know the technical indicators that modified the quota range authorized for 2017, information that was formally requested from the Technical Scientific Committee of this fishery.

Likewise, "they asked to study the real impact of illegal fishing of the southern fishing resources during this period of quota reduction," stressed Honorino Angulo, representative of artisanal fishing in the Region of Aysen

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