No pilchard catches for 2018-2020

12 Dec 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 DEC (NAMPA) – The total allowable catch (TAC) for pilchard fish has been set at zero metric tonnes for the 2018-2020 fishing season.
Announcing decisions taken at a recent Cabinet meeting during a media conference here on Tuesday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya said this ban on catching pilchards will come into effect on 01 January 2018 and end 31 December 2020.
Tweya said the decision was necessitated by a recommendation made by the Marine Resources Advisory Council to not harvest pilchards due to a low stock in Namibian waters.
He added that the decision was taken for the pilchard fish stock to fully recover.
According to the information minister, pilchards had reduced in numbers due to climate change in the ocean, while other fish stocks had moved to other parts of the sea.
He also attributed the reduction of the pilchard species in Namibian waters to an increase in seal and human populations, which create a demand for pilchards.
Meanwhile, Cabinet approved a TAC of 340 000 metric tonnes for horse mackerel and a TAC of 3 446 metric tonnes for deep-sea red crab for the 2018 fishing season.