As per the investigation report of the PNA those six vessels using selective devices found no infringement. These trawlers were found by the authorities to be working in a sensitive area, as it was being used as a breeding ground for hake (Merluccius hubbsi). Officials said that the first approaches were made so that they could verify the presence of devices that prevent bycatch of juvenile hake onboard the following vessels: Álvarez Entrena I, Promarsa I, Miriam, Tabeiron, Arbumasa XVIII and Tabeiron II.
According to the officials the PNA staff carried out the operational control and supervision of the vessels as part of the Integrated Control of fishing, whilst aboard the Coast Guard ship C-28 Prefecto Derbes. The obligation to use some form of selectivity device also applies to ships fishing hake, but the enforcement authority has not yet released information on inspections of the fleet.
The Government’s intention to do such inspection is to maintain the conditions for fishing hake and shrimp at its maximum operating potential, stated the press release made by the Undersecretary for Fisheries and Aquaculture in Argentina.