Friday, June 4, 2010

Peru: The Connection Between Fish Meal and Anchoveta

When a current of warm water hit the Peruvian coast so did small fish known as the anchoveta in the mid 1960’s. In Peru during the 1970’s these micro sized fish were being caught rapidly reaching up to sixty nine thousand tons, making it the world’s largest fishing industry. Two years later the daily amount of anchoveta increased by more than one hundred tons than it was previously. As the number of anchoveta fell sharply a herring ban was placed on this fishing to keep the anchoveta from becoming extinct in 1977.


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