Argentina’s fisheries policy is 'inconsistent and unsustainable'

The latest government’s decisions on squid fishing show that the national fisheries policy is “inconsistent and unsustainable,” according to the president of Assistance Food Argentina SA and director of Assistance Food America Inc., Dr. Cesar Augusto Lerena.

Lerena argues that “it is not possible to think of a sustainable capture” of squid (Illex argentinus), and “much less that it serves as a tool to recover the Falklands islands, if this indiscriminate policies of transfer of the South Atlantic to foreign hands continue being implemented.”

Lerena evaluates the Argentinean fisheries situation given the open status of the sea to foreign fleets, and in particular, to Chinese jiggers.

In this regard, he recalls that according to Resolution No. 10/2013, published in August by the Federal Fisheries Council (CFP), the Government will allow the entry of 20 Chinese jiggers to the Argentina’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to capture squid. And he notes that to authorise such openness it has been argued that there had been available surpluses that could not be captured by national jiggers.

And he thinks that the argument used in this legislation is “inconsistent and unsustainable,” since it does not take into account several aspects such.

The squid migrates every year from the Argentinean waters to offshore and around the Falkland Islands, “when the foreign fleet catches it, before this species can return to the waters of the Argentinean mainland.”

Lerena argues that if there was a surplus of squid, “its capture should be promoted first for the national fleet; after which, it would be possible to deal with the countries concerned (in this case it would be China).”

“Meanwhile, the Government makes it clear the existence of inconsistency, unsustainability and lack of plans to defend the fisheries resource, the market competition, Argentinean employment and national sovereignty,” concludes Lerena.

Source: Analia Murias |