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Southern hake August ban awareness campaign launched in Chile

Thursday, August 6th 2015 - 12:19 UTC
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The campaign 'Let’s stop catching hake' is an administrative measure that extends throughout August to protect the resource during reproduction period. (Pic Aqua) The campaign 'Let’s stop catching hake' is an administrative measure that extends throughout August to protect the resource during reproduction period. (Pic Aqua)
Southern hake is one of most consumed fish in southern Chile and was declared over-exploited. There are serious risks of the fisheries collapse Southern hake is one of most consumed fish in southern Chile and was declared over-exploited. There are serious risks of the fisheries collapse

The southern hake (Merluccius australis) ban awareness campaign has been officially launched in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt, with the aim of halting the resource catches, sale and consumption in the south of the country, extending from regions Los Lagos to Magallanes.

 The campaign 'Paremos El Merluzeo' ('Let’s stop catching hake') is an administrative measure that extends throughout the month of August to protect the resource during its reproduction period. The southern hake is one most consumed fish in southern Chile and was declared over-exploited and is running a serious risk of collapse or exhaustion.

The presentation of the campaign was attended by the coordinator of the South Fisheries Alliance Program from World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Juan Vilata; Coast Guard officers and port authority Mauricio Santander plus representatives from the artisanal fishing unions and the regional director of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA), Eduardo Aguilera.

SERNAPESCA officer stressed the commitment of the organization “to make effective the measure that seeks the sustainability of the resource and also of artisanal fisheries”.

Vilata explained that the ban is a key tool that “should be accompanied by other actions, as the fulfillment of the quotas determined by the Scientific and Technical Committee, the elimination or reduction of discards, effective measures against illegal fishing and protection of key areas to the species, such as spawning grounds and juvenile feeding areas,” Aqua reported.

In addition, he said that all this must be done “without losing sight of fishermen’s social issue and the role of trade and consumers.”

On the other hand, Rodrigo Aguilar, representative of Fishermen’s National Confederation of Chile (CONAPACH) commented that the August ban is the only month in the year when the resource has a break, and said they are aware of the need to implement measures to ensure the sustainability of the fishery.

Aguilera also recalled that, according to the Chilean Fisheries Act, they are entitled to seize catches and also transportation vehicles.

“We are basically focused not only on the sustainability of this resource, but also of artisanal fisheries and their jobs, therefore we are going to be extremely strict in monitoring the activity during this month,” he warned. (FIS).

Categories: Fisheries, Chile.

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  • ChrisR

    Between a rock and a hard place as far as the fishing industry is concerned.

    We will soon see if they mimic the numbnuts of TDC and fish on regardless.

    Aug 07th, 2015 - 08:15 pm 0
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