More than 2.34 million metric tons of anchovy were caught in the first season of Peru's north-central fishing zone, amounting to 84.06 percent of the total assigned quota.

The first season began on May 4, with a total quota of 2.79 million metric tons -- 12 percent higher than for the same season last year -- and officially closed on July 24, according to the country's Ministry of Production (Produce).

There were already doubts about whether the full quota would be harvested amid tough winter conditions and port closures.