The Peruvian hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) fishery operates off of northern Peru and part of the stock inhabits the area between the Ecuador-Peru border. The port city of Paita accounts for almost all Peruvian landings, giving this fishery considerable socio-economic importance for that community. There is also a small artisanal hake fishery (row boats and gillnets) in Peru that represents less than 5% of landings. It should be noted that Ecuador initiated a trawling fishery for hake in 2013.
The Peruvian hake (Merluccius gayi peruanus) fishery operates off of northern Peru and part of the stock inhabits the area between the Ecuador-Peru border.
The Peruvian hake FIP is working to achieve the following objectives by spring 2020:
- Adopt a target reference point.
- Include relevant information from the Ecuadorian fishery into the harvest strategy and the stock assessments.
- Increase the transparency of the harvest strategy.
- Close information gaps related to the impact of the fishery on other ecosystem components, and adopt mitigation measures, if necessary.
- Achieve regular exchanges between Ecuador and Peru regarding the Peruvian hake fisheries.
- Adopt explicit long-term goals related to the stock status and the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem.
- Find solutions to minimize illegal and unreported fishing.
- Achieve regular external peer review of the stock assessment methodology.