The order that extends sardine fishing from 1 August up to the limit of 6,405 tons was published on Friday, 24, in Diário da República, announced the Ministry of the Sea.
The day before, the Minister of the Sea, Ricardo Serrão Santos, boarded the ship «Poema do Mar», in Quarteira, to get to know in person how the sardine campaign is going this year.
Accompanied by the Secretary of State for Fisheries, José Apolinário, and by the president of Docapesca, Teresa Coelho, the government official was able to observe through the sound probes the abundance of sardines (sardina pilchardus) in that region of the Algarve and participate in the fishing operations that involved sharing and distribution among several siege vessels.
Pursuant to Order No. 7424-a / 2020, published in Diário da República, sardine fishing continues to be permitted, with “the limit of discharges of sardines captured with the art of siege by the Portuguese fleet, for the period that begins on August 1, 2020 ”has been set at 6,405 tons.
The decision made was based on the opinion of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) of 18 June 2020, an international scientific advisory body, which recognized “the recovery of the Iberian sardine source and pointed to fishing possibilities in 2020 , of a total of 19,106 tonnes ”for Portugal and Spain.
In 2018, Portugal and Spain submitted to the European Commission a multiannual plan for the recovery and management of sardine fisheries, providing for the regulation of total sardine discharges, joint defenses between Portugal and Spain and complementary measures aimed at protecting juveniles and strengthening campaigns to assess the status of the resource.
“The positive results achieved by the bilateral sardine recovery plan, presented by Portugal and Spain, have come to prove that the measures adopted were adequate and result from good governance and cooperation between the two governments, in the collection of scientific data in joint oceanographic campaigns and the performance of a well-organized sector, informed and committed to the sustainability of this secular fishery ”, says the Ministry of the Sea.