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Peru's first season north-central anchovy quota slashed by 36%

Quota level is sharp decline from last year.

Peru's Ministry of Production on Friday officially announced the first season of the country's anchovy harvest in north-central waters will begin on May 4, with a quota of 2.1 million metric tons, according to the country's official news agency, Andina.

The quota is sharply lower than in the first season of 2018, when it was set at 3.3 million metric tons, an 18 percent increase over the year prior and the highest level since 2011.

The quota is lower than last year because of the impact generated by the warming of the waters off the Peruvian coast due to the El Niño phenomenon.

Vessels will halt fishing activities as soon as the quota is reached.

The Peruvian anchovy fishery is the most important supplier of fishmeal and oil to the global aquaculture sector.

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