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Chile Cancels September Crustacean Trawl to Protect Common Hake

Chile banned their crustacean trawl to help common hake

Hakes (Merluccius sp.)  in a crate. (Photo: Oceana / LX)

Chile has taken a major step to protect common hake, a species in decline from overfishing. Earlier this month, the Under-Secretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) decided to close the crustacean trawl fleet for the month of September around Valparaiso, Bernardo O'Higgins, and Maule, Chile. The move protects common hake, a fish commonly caught as bycatch in the crustacean fishery, which has declined by 70 percent from 2001 to 2013.


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