Shrimp vessel. (Photo: FIS)
Temporary marine shrimp ban begins
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
For 42 days, beginning on April 20, a temporary ban will be in place for marine shrimp capture in Salvadoran waters.
The measure provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) states that until May 31, 2017 industrial fishing, artisanal fishing and the capture of this crustacean will be prohibited in the sea, gulf, bays and estuaries.
The MAG stresses that this measure, like others carried out through the Directorate General of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CENDEPESCA), is intended to promote sustainable fishing activities.
The ban is made with the objective of protecting the shrimp during the greatest reproduction period in order to ensure its development until the juvenile stage.
From the Ministry they explain that, according to studies, more than 5,000 marine shrimp offspring die when a pregnant female is caught.
During the ban, people who fish, consume, market, import and export marine shrimp should take the following recommendations into account:
- If fishing during the closed season, penalties and fines will be imposed.
- When transferring marine shrimp from the reported inventories, it must carry the fishing product transport guide so that the product will not be seized.
- Shrimp producers in ponds must demonstrate CENDEPESCA that the larvae come from domestic or international laboratories and not from the sea.
- Marine shrimp importers have to prove that the product is not from a country where its capture is banned.
El Salvador has approximately 19,000 shrimp fishers who work daily and 52 dedicated to industrial fishing, according to data provided by the MAG.