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Hake fishing banned in Argentine-Uruguayan area

Staff writer ▼ | March 27, 2015
An autumn precautionary closure area for hake in the Common Fishing Zone (CFZ) shared by Argentina and Uruguay has been established.
Argentina fishing boat
Fisheries   Protecting hake biomass
The Merluccius hubbsi fishing ban will come into effect from 1 April and will run until 30 June, 2015, according to the Joint Technical Commission for the Maritime Front (CTMFM).

The main objective of this measure is to protect concentrations of juvenile hake in the Argentine-Uruguayan area. According to the new regulations bottom trawling targeting demersal species will also be banned this area.

The latest data provided by the National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) reveal a worrying scenario. Between 1986 and 2013, scientists observed throughout the northern area a significant decrease in total and reproductive biomass (79 percent and 85 percent, respectively), due to high fishing mortality rates and recruitment below the historical average since 1997.

Since 1999 the spawning biomass has fallen below 100,000 tonnes, and since 2005 it has stabilized at a range of 50,000 to 70,000 tonnes.

Statistics of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MINAGRI) of Argentina indicate that between January 1 and March 12, 2015 about 30,121 tonnes of common hake were landed in Argentine ports, representing 13.6 percent more than in the first two months of 2014.