crime inside five miles
sample that justifies to approve Tropical Pacific Sea Zone.
Photos by Alberto
Ponlo en español.
– A cebiche? Around
noon, hundreds of tourists fill restaurants along beaches even in low
season, like the moment when this story is published. Beneath the
exstasy of sea, sand and Sun, they never may think where the fish
they are enjoying could come from, especially if it looks like
smaller than conventional.
could be Quebrada Verde (pronounce “Kehbrada Verde”), an
illegal pier which fishing is totally compounded by species those did
not reproduce at all so they seem to be small, but the truth is they
were not allowed to grow until their legal size, as it happens to
and the tasty shrimp (Litopenaeus)
happens 100 meters from the shore, half-a-kilometer to the South
from el Ñuro to Cabo Blanco (both in Talara
and everybody seems to knowthe sstage: just an obsolete
undestructure of what was once a Oximplan’s desalinater plant,
that worked until 1980s-ending.
Quebrada Verde, everybody could practice pull-fishing inside five
marine miles, what is illegal. However, law is a eradicated concept –
there is no law for those men.
rafts are not used this time for selective fishing like La Tortuga
or La Islilla (Paita),
but they are part of the crime. Later, pink big bags are used to
bring the illegal merchandise. The same little rafts serve to load
fuel and make the exchange. Some ones almost collapse because of the
to El Ñuro fishers’ president Isabel Arismendiz,
denounces never have made effect because they are briber people, he
assures, and few times the Marine Captain of Talara have arrived to
the place, it has not done anything.
Peru's Ministry of Production (Produce), Regional Government of Piura
(GOREPI) must face the problem, but without budget, how is it faced?
In fact, Production Regional Office of Piura (DIREPRO as in Spanish),
the GOREPI’s specialized dependance, alleges there is not
enough logistics to control this: personnel, money and commitment
in Quebrada Verde, downloads happen day and night without limits,
without weight control, without records – that is called
illegal fishing and commerce.
the shore, dozens of men wait for the merchandise on cycles and cars
for being sold in Los Órganos and Talara.
proposal is giving legal powers to craft fishers for intervene joined
to DIREPRO and Marine Captain, then facing this issue. Inclusive,
creating Tropical Pacific Sea Reserved Zone could propitiate a space
to solve this and another problems like predation of species that
decimated other seas and continents. In all of them, the proposal of
protected zones or areas for responsible management have worked.
Zone includes Foca Island, El Ñuro, Punta Sal Reefs and
Máncora Bank located about 20 km off shore. The rest of places
is inside first five marine miles.
even Peru’s President –Ollanta Humala or elected Pedro
Pablo Kuczynski as well- signs on the resolution creating the Zone,
the rule is temporary status. In other words, it allows prospecting
the space, but it is dismissed if nothing worthy were found.
remember it has been stated the 70% of Peru’s marine
biodiversity is between Piura
States, so a dismissal is theoretically improbable.
opposers hold Sechura Bay’s fishers are put in jail by GOREPI
and DIREPRO, what could be wrong. Instead, detainees brought
forbidden apparels by law to be used inside five miles and were filed
for blatancy crime.
prohibits carying jack nets inside this strip because they do not
belong to craft fishing but industrial, what is actually allowed
outside it. The problem is industrial fishers use to cross tat limit,
to work illegally, as many craft fishers have denounced.
this legal argument, who work in Quebrada Verde should be filed for
of Fishing’s top officials, depending from Produce, say the
Zone must not be approved because of this reason.
beach restaurants, this controversy is ignored making the national
and (especially) foreign tourists turn into forced accomplices of sea
predation for what they pay pretty well and enjoy without much
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