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Scallop fishery and culture in Peru

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Jaime Mendo, Matthias Wolff, Tania Mendo, Luis Ysla

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This chapter discusses the biology, ecology and aquaculture of the scallop, Argopecten purpuratus, in Peru. Of several scallop species, this is the only one exploited and cultured in Peru. During the last three decades, this resource has become one of the most important molluscs in Peru in terms of export value with volume greatly fluctuating since the onset of the export business in the early 1980s. The impact of El Niño on the population of A. purpuratus is discussed by regions in Peru, being favourable in central and southern Peru and detrimental in northern Peru. Conversely, the scallop production in northern Peru is augmented during cold years. Since most of the scallop production is dependent on seed extraction from natural banks, the use of artificial collectors and the production of larvae in hatcheries is proposed and discussed.



Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScallops
Subtitle of host publicationBiology, Ecology, Aquaculture, and Fisheries
EditorsSandra E. Shumway, G. Jay Parsons
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780444627193
ISBN (Print)9780444627100
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameDevelopments in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science
ISSN (Print)0167-9309

    Research areas

  • Argopecten purpuratus, El Niño, Peru, Pisco, Scallop aquaculture, Scallop fishery, Sechura

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