It is often said that in Peru the chicken is the king, since this bird is present in the daily diet of homes, but a fact that is little talked about is that every Peruvian consumes around 16 kilos of fish per year, with which we are located above any other country in South America, according to Oceana Peru.
For this reason, it is important to know what will happen to the availability of the abundant variety of species that the Grau Sea offers us now that the Multisectoral Commission in charge of the National Study of the El Niño Phenomenon (Enfen) has warned that the possibility of this event weather in our country is high, and is projected to last between June and October of this year.
According to Juan Carlos Sueiro, Director of Fisheries at Oceana Peru, The boy causes an unusual warming of the sea, which reduces the availability of anchovy, silverside, sea bass, sea bass, hake, tuna, among other species that arrive at our table every day.
Due to these waves, the Captaincy has arranged to close 84 ports. Photo: Piura News 3.0
In addition, fish has a particularity and that is that by reducing its presence in the markets, the price increases significantly, says Sueiro.
As a button shows: in a retail market in Villa María del Triunfo, last week tuna was at S/5.00 a kilo and yesterday it rose to S/11.00 due to abnormal waves, according to the merchants.
“In much of the coastline, what El Niño does is disturb and restart, so to speak, the system. But during its occurrence, it is important to take into account what our practices are, our ways of fishing, what we extract, because it is a critical phase, this great disturbance, the result of the heating of the waters, what it does is reduce the availability of some species”, explained Sueiro.
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Although it sounds contradictory, El Niño also causes the abundance of other species such as mahi mahi and prawns, and although they are not as popular products, the specialist recommends that the authorities provide adequate information to consumers, to ensure the daily diet.
For example, the presence of this weather phenomenon in 1985 and 1998 caused a fan shell boom in Paracas (Ica), but it developed without any order, thousands flocked to the reserve and threw the shells anywhere while prices were at rock bottom, says Sueiro.
“If they are exploited in a disorderly manner, it is also a problem, it is necessary to foresee forms of use,” he emphasized.
For his part, the Peruvian chef Luciano Mazzetti He argued that the first 5 miles is the area where the vast majority of species reproduce, so Law 31749 will be key to preserving the species we consume and ensuring that they are not overexploited in the future.
Variation. The average value of the bonito in retail markets in Lima was S/6.45 last week, while this Monday it was registered at S/8.84, according to Midagri.
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