The Committee for the Sustainable Management of the South Pacific Giant Squid (CALAMASUR), chaired by Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre from Peru made a proposal to the Regional Organization of Fisheries Management of the South Pacific (OROP-PS) to support the proper management of giant squid based on the current panorama in this species’ fishing area.
At the 7th Meeting of the International Organization Commission in the City of The Hague in The Netherlands, Miranda communicated his concerns on the reduction of squid catching in the South Pacific.
“According to official data, Peru has gone from fishing 556,000 tons in 2014 to approximately 295,000 in 2017,” a press release from CALAMASUR informed.
China, for instance, revealed that they capture 300,000 tons a year. They also agreed that a major effort is needed to investigate the behavior of the giant squid.
“However, doubts exist due to the lack of verification of the data received by the RFMO -PS and the insufficient control, monitoring and sanction of illegal fishing, despite the efforts made by the coastal countries such as Peru, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico,” said the head of CALAMASUR.
In this regard, he said that the CALAMASUR member countries proposed that the Scientific Committee of the RFMO – PS establish a subgroup, led by an independent scientist, to evaluate the squid stock in the same way as was done for the horse mackerel.
(Cover Photo: CALAMASUR)
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