Fishing companies forecast anchovy catches of up to 5 million tons, considering the current environmental conditions, Peru's private-run National Fisheries Society (SNP) Chairwoman Elena Conterno affirmed.
As is known, anchovy fishing
totaled 2.7 million in 2016, well below the average annual catch (5 to 6 million).
"Nevertheless, we have started on the right foot this year thanks to better climate conditions," she expressed, adding this has led to projecting total catches between
4.7 and 5 million by year-end.
It is worth noting that the first anchovy fishing season
—set for April 22 and August 1 2017— saw 2.37 million tons, thus accounting for 84.5% of the total quota (2.8 million tons).
On the other hand, Conterno estimated fishery exports will total some US$2.5 billion in 2017.