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Congress proposes to modify Law 31622 that fights against illegal fishing

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Law 31622 is at risk of being dismantled as a result of a bill by congressman Waldemar Cerrón Rojas of Perú Libre. Through PL 3652/2022-CR, which has been presented this Thursday, November 24, Cerrón proposes “decriminalizing artisanal fishing” by limiting the application of articles 308-B, 308-D and 309 of the Penal Code.

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“Articles 308-B, 308-D and 309 of the Criminal Code do not apply to activities directly or indirectly related to artisanal fishing, in accordance with the law and the uses and customs of the sector,” the document specifies.

Law 31622 proposes to modify articles 308-B, 308-D and 309 of the Criminal Code, in order to include the illegal trafficking of species as an aggravating circumstance within the scope of Law 30077, Organized Crime Lawthis was officially published on November 16 and since then it has been sought to repeal it.

“The benefit of this project is the decriminalization of artisanal fishing, and thereby promote the right to work and free initiative,” the explanatory statement specifies.

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It should be remembered that the Popular Force congresswoman Cruz María Zeta Chunga has announced that she will present a bill to repeal the rule for being harmful to artisanal fishermen.

On the other hand, Enrique Jeri Oré, legislator for Somos Perú, has presented PL 3653/2022-CR to modify article 208-B of the Penal Code, which was modified by Law 31622. In this way, the following wording is proposed:

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With the approval of this norm, the document indicates, it would stop criminalizing fishermen and shipowners for acts that today constitute an administrative infraction, such as catching species of smaller sizes than those allowed, for example.

Source: Larepublica

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