Citizens by Day (CAD) gave the 2016 Best Practices in Public Management, effective environmental management award to Peru’s Production Ministry (PRODUCE) for their efforts in implementing preventative measures to protect the anchovy.
In its twelfth edition the competition, which recognizes and rewards efficient, innovative and successful projects by public institutions, gave out 24 awards.
The Peruvian Production Ministry’s prize emphasizes their use of measures that prevent the fishing of juvenile anchovies in high-density zones.
PRODUCE’s Chief Technology Officer of the General Directorate of Supervision and Control (DGSF), Daniel Perez Collachagua, welcomed the award, further acknowledging that said measures were inaugurated in 2014 in order to protect the future sustainability of the important marine resource.
In 2016 thus far, PRODUCE has issued 57 anchovy fishing suspensions, closed 76 fishing zones along the coast, which protected more than 130,000 metric tons of anchovies.
Perez Collachagua explained that when PRODUCE authorities come across an area with an elevated juvenile anchovy population, they close that zone off to fishing – they allow the fish room to move, the zone is 30 by 30 nautical miles.
He went on to add that since 2014 PRODUCE managed to prevent the capture 557,246 metric tons of juvenile anchovies.
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