Ushuaia satisfied with revival of its fishing industry – MercoPress
Ushuaia satisfied with revival of its fishing industry
During the first semester (Jan / June), 29,500 tonnes of fishery products were landed at the port of Ushuaia, which represents 53% over the same period of the year (19,250 tonnes), according to the latest statistics from the Argentine Fisheries Agency under Secretariat. Tierra del Fuego officials point out that much can be attributed to the fact that April 2020 was a “completely dead month”, due to the pandemic.
However, in June 2021, some 4,245 tonnes of fishery products were landed in Ushuaia, an increase of 153% compared to the same period in 2020, but 36% less than last May when 6,628 tonnes had been disembarked.
Figures from the Under-Secretariat of Fisheries show that overall, during the first half of the year, landings in Argentina’s main fishing ports actually fell by 1.6%. A detail of the landings made by the Argentine Chamber of Fishing Owners indicates that the province of Buenos Aires remains at the top of the list with 184,000 tonnes, but 16.5% less than in the first half of 2020. The second is the province of Chubut with 109,000 tonnes with landings increasing by 16%. Landings from the province of Santa Cruz also increased by 22% to 61,000 tonnes and landings from Tierra del Fuego jumped 53% to 29,500 tonnes.
As for the various vessels involved in the catches, according to the report, some 165,000 were landed by the “fresh”? fleet, 4.3% more than last year. The offshore segment of the fleet landed 94,000 tonnes (up 21%), while inshore vessels landed 57,000 tonnes, a decrease of 13.7%, and from estuaries 14,000 tonnes were landed , or 2.3% less.
However, for vessels equipped with freezing capacity, total catches reached 221,000 tonnes, 2.9% less than in 2020. Of this volume, jiggers provided 114,000 tonnes, although landings were 16.2% lower than last year. Trawlers landed 68,000 tonnes, a drop of 4.4% in catches, while those involved in shrimp had an excellent season, 23,000 tonnes equivalent to a 216% increase in catches. This is due to a lack of activities in May and part of June 2020, given the labor disputes.
Finally, the so-called “fresh” fishing boats, both coastal and high seas, concentrated their landings in the provinces of Buenos Aires and Chubut, in that order. Likewise, vessels with freezing capacity have been concentrated in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Chubut and Tierra del Fuego. The Jiggers preferred Buenos Aires, Chubut and Santa Cruz. Finally, the shrimp boats worked mainly in the provinces of Chubut, Santa Cruz and Buenos Aires.