• Short Summary

    Peru's normally thriving fishing industry is at a standstill because of a rare ocean current which has wiped out this season's anchovy catch.

  • Description

    Peru's normally thriving fishing industry is at a standstill because of a rare ocean current which has wiped out this season's anchovy catch.

    Fishing fleets are idle and the government is having to support unemployed fishermen and fish process workers.

    The problem is a current of warm water starting near the Equator which flowed down the Peruvian coast and held back the cooler waters of the Humboldt current, a stream of water which carries the plankton on which anchovies feed.

    Seeking refuge from the surge of warm water, the fish concentrated in pockets of colder water near the coast. They were quickly fished out by Peru's modern fishing boats, although Government fishing regulations were followed carefully.

    Now the fishermen may have to wait until February before the anchovies spawn and fishing can begin again.

    Seabirds are also dying because there is no fish food.

    In the meantime, the Peruvian Government is faced with paying out some 400 million soles (about $US 9 million) each month to keep the fishing industry alive. Some fishermen are finding alternative work on building sites.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAATTT7EPMEYNKV5T19D1IA9XVN
    Media URN:
    VLVAATTT7EPMEYNKV5T19D1IA9XVN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/09/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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