In Peru, a continuation of the ban on anchovy fishing has been called for by the country's Oceanographic Institute.
In Peru, a continuation of the ban on anchovy fishing has been called for by the country's Oceanographic Institute. The ban was introduced earlier this year because of dwindling stocks of the fish.
SYNOPSIS: Peruvian fishermen claim the ban has threatened their livelihood. But members of Congress who went out with the boats to see the situation for themselves said the anchovies could still face extinction if fishing resumed. Peru was formerly the world's biggest source of anchovies, but there was massive overfishing in the early 1970s.
After the ban was introduced, the Oceanographic Institute carried out a preliminary survey which showed that stocks were starting to recover. Some fishing has been allowed on Peru's southern coast, but the restrictions led to a reduction of more than 38 percent in the anchovy catch. The Institute says more time is needed for stocks to reach an acceptable level.
At one time half the world's fishmeal--an important source of protein for livestock--was provided by Peruvian anchovies. The ban has had a serious effect not only on the fishermen but also the country's economy. Achovies and copper mining have been Peru's two major industries.
As a long-term measure, the Congress is considering an amendment to Peru's constitution to ensure the survival of the anchovy stocks.