September 9, 2003
Peru May Withdraw Anchovy Fishing Ban in October
Peru could lift the current ban on fishing for anchovy in October, the deputy minister in charge of the fishing sector, Leonicio Alvarez, was quoted Friday as saying in newspaper Gestion.
"During the second or third week of September we will be in a position to make more precise the date in October that we could lift the ban on this species," Alvarez said.
The government placed a ban on fishing for anchovy from July 21 after the anchovy haul was close to reaching 3 million metric tons.
Peruvian officials regularly place seasonal bans to protect the fish stocks.
In full year 2002, the anchovy haul was 8.05 million tons, up 26.8% compared with 6.35 million tons in 2001. Peru is the world's largest producer of anchovy-based fish meal, used as animal feed.