The octopus harvest season ended with a significant amount of product obtained by Yucatecan fishermen, generating a respite for the sector.
Progreso, Yucatan, (December 17, 2021).- José Luis Carrillo Galaz, president of the Federation of Cooperative Fisheries Societies of the Center and West of Yucatán, said that the average of octopus obtained in 2020 was exceeded by more than 100% when the fishery was severely affected by the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic and various meteorological phenomena that severely affected the product.
“Right now we are recovering the average production parameter at 30 thousand tons, I calculate. This represents a good production and two important factors were combined to make the season a good one. One is the production and the other is the price ”, he explained.
“We had a record price of 170 pesos per kilogram, which makes the volumes and prices give us a good season,” added the interviewee.
For his part, Enrique Sánchez Sánchez, president of the National Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Canainpesca), reported that the capture left a spill of about 5 billion pesos for the Yucatan fishing sector.
He noted that the volume obtained in 2021 served to compensate for the poor season in 2020 while ensuring that the fishery remains sustainable.
“Last year, not even half was caught. We have an average of up to 20 thousand tons, so we are obtaining what was not used last year, so the biomass of the product is not affected, so we continue to take care of it, ” he said.