Argentina changes squid fishing policy – MercoPress
Argentina changes squid fishing policy
Argentina is in the process of amending some regulations concerning squid fishing. According to resolution 7 of the Federal Fisheries Council, all jiggers and trawlers involved in squid operations must have at least 20% of their catches processed on land.
Likewise, those who venture beyond Argentina’s exclusive economic zone will be subject to tax concessions and licenses.
“It is necessary to introduce a modification which reinforces some of the objectives of our squid policy,” said the resolution, stressing that the new unifying rules make it compulsory to process at least 20% of the landed squid catch.
Regarding the jigs flying the Argentinian flag, the resolution states that those who operated outside the EEZ, i.e. beyond the 200 mile and above, were extremely few in number and some seasons not at all, and since many vessels have licenses on the high seas, it is “considered appropriate to promote this activity”, with the specific aim of ensuring that vessels flying the Argentine flag are in international waters.
Vessels that comply with the above will be entitled to an extension of their annual license, provided they provide proof that they have operated within 200 miles plus, adjacent to Argentina’s EEZ for at least 30 days with at least five visits from the start. at the end of the fishing season. Argentine-flagged vessels must comply with international and national regulations, such as handling cash outside the EEZ.
Likewise, according to Article 8 of Resolution 7, anyone wishing to renew their fishing license must have a written contract with a certified processing plant. Processing refers to the capture of the entire season of the ship with a point bonus for those who land more than 20% of the capture. Those who do not comply are likely to lose their license.
The renewal of a fishing license has been amended and requires a fee equivalent to 62,000 fishing units, each unit representing one liter of diesel, grade two, value at the pump for consumption, in accordance with Article 51 of the Federal Fisheries Act.