Albacore auctions in Aviles already exceed those of August 2016
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Albacore capture (Photo: Stock File)SPAINMonday, August 28, 2017,23:50 (GMT + 9)This month of August could be the

Albacore capture. (Photo: Stock File)


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Monday, August 28, 2017, 23:50 (GMT + 9)


This month of August could be the best of recent years for albacore (bonito) auctions in the markets in Avilés, Asturias, if it slows down the steep fall recorded in recent days.

Until last Friday, 280,000 kilos of albacore had been auctioned in the market, and it remains until Thursday 31 to close this month.

By way of comparison, El Comercio recalls that in the eighth month of 2015, 262,561 kilos were auctioned and in 2014, the auctioned amount reached 133,000 kilos. Only in August 2010 there was a higher record, 300,000 kilos, and this volume could be exceeded this year bearing in mind that there are still a few days left before the end of the month.

The 280,0000 kilos auctioned so far in August brings to 670,000 kilos the total accumulated amount since the beginning of the season, close to the 745,571 with which 2015 was closed, of which more than 100,000 were auctioned in September.

It is not yet known when the season will end this year. It remains to be seen when this year will be closed. In 2016 it closed earlier than ever, on October 5, in compliance with ministerial order.

According to El Comercio, after three weeks of "regularity and stable prices", auctions have fallen sharply in recent days both in number of kilos and in size of the pieces. The fleet attributes the situation to the large number of pelagic vessels that are concentrated in Community waters at the height of the vertical of Cabo Peñas. These boats, mostly French and Irish, operate with nets and according to the shipowners of Aviles, "they sweep everything".

Fishermen complain that, in addition to obtaining large catches indiscriminately, these vessels "frighten fish" and make them need many hours to look for the albacore.

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