As the fishmeal industry waits to see whether this year's first anchovy fishing season can resume in Peru's key north-central waters, attention is already nervously turning to the second season scheduled for later in the year.

Four weeks ago, the government announced it was cancelling the first season because of the presence of a high number of juvenile fish on the fishing grounds in and effort to protect the fishery resource.

The fishery is a key supplier of raw material to the global fishmeal industry.