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Peru: Anchovy fishing expected to reach 5 million tons in 2017


Peruvian industry in Paita, Piura. Photo: ANDINA/ Rafael Cornejo

08:00 | Lima, Oct. 19.

Fishing companies forecast anchovy catches of up to 5 million tons, considering the current environmental conditions, Peru's private-run National Fisheries Society (SNP) Chairwoman Elena Conterno affirmed.

As is known, anchovy fishing totaled 2.7 million in 2016, well below the average annual catch (5 to 6 million).

"Nevertheless, we have started on the right foot this year thanks to better climate conditions," she expressed, adding this has led to projecting total catches between 4.7 and 5 million by year-end.

It is worth noting that the first anchovy fishing season —set for April 22 and August 1 2017— saw 2.37 million tons, thus accounting for 84.5% of the total quota (2.8 million tons).

Exports

On the other hand, Conterno estimated fishery exports will total some US$2.5 billion in 2017.

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Published: 10/19/2017