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Octopus fishing season will not reach its goal of 25 thousand tons

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“19 days before the end of the season, we can say that it has been a bad season since it started in August due to the shortage of the octopus caused by poaching of the species during the ban, in addition to the warming of the sea and the excess of coastal vessels. “, declared José Luis Carrillo Galáz.

The president of the Mexican Confederation of Fishing Cooperative Societies of Mexico, Carrillo Galáz recalled that the octopus capture takes place from August 1 to December 15, it will end this month of November and there are only two weeks left to continue with the capture of the octopod; In addition to the fact that the price is at a very low level, which is obvioulsy bad for business.

Carrillo Galaz pointed out that intense cold front activity is expected for the rest of November and the first week of December. This will paralyze fishing activities, reducing the possibility of closing the octopus season.

He stressed that from August 1 to November 22, 18,145 tons of mollusks have been captured, in short, the goal will not be reached, and a capture of 25,000 tons, if anything about 21,000 tons, similar to what was reached from August 1 to December 15, 2022. Furthermore, the economic income for the social sector of this fishery is very low.

He stated that a kilo of octopus remains at 110 pesos, which is not profitable for local fishermen since there are more expenses for gasoline, bait, ice, and crew. Last year, the price of octopus was 150 pesos per kilo; at some point, a kilo even cost up to 180 pesos.

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