Chile hake trawl
Last Updated: 17 January 2013
Number of fisheries: 1
Chilean hake (Merluccius gayi gayi)
MSC assessment status
The Conformity Assessment Body, Intertek Moody Marine, request that stakeholders submit any new information relating to the.
Any stakeholder with information on this fishery that should be considered in the assessment, should contact Ian Scott, no later than 22 February 2013.
Please refer to the assessment downloads section for further information.
Chilean common hake (Merluccius gayi gayi) are distributed from Antofagasta to Cheap Channel and on the continental shelf to a depth of 500 m. The focus of the Chilean common hake trawl fishery is between the 5 mile and 60 mile offshore belt and within the Chilean fisheries administrative regions IV to X. The fishery is conducted in the South Pacific within the Chilean Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
FAO statistical area 87.
There are two main government departments responsible for the management of Chilean fisheries: SUBPESCA (Undersecretary of Fisheries) and SERNAPESCA (National Fisheries Service). SUBPESCA deals with the policy and planning of the fisheries while SERNAPESCA deals with regulation and enforcement.
Catch would be destined for the export market as frozen, fresh and canned product.
The assessment process is scheduled for completion around August 2012. Please see the download section for a detailed revised assessment timeline.
The target eligibility date for this fishery is 6 months before the public comment draft report is released, expected around April 2012.
The MSC ecolabel can only be applied to product from certified fisheries. The MSC program does allow, in certain circumstances and within strict traceability requirements, the MSC ecolabel to be applied following certification to product caught before the actual date of certification. The target eligibility date therefore represents the date from which products may become eligible to carry the MSC ecolabel, however they cannot be sold until and if the fishery is certified. The actual eligibility date will be determined if the fishery is certified to the MSC standard.
To find out more about when fish from this fishery may be sold with the MSC ecolabel, please follow this link (http://www.msc.org/get-certified/supply-chain/eligibility-dates).
Tonnage of the fishery
26 355 tonnes in 2009 & 25 155 tonnes in 2008.