From Chimbote to Lima: Team Peru Returns to the Capital City
By Rithika Shenoy
We’re more than halfway through our reporting trip. We just arrived at our final destination – Lima.
Our first stop was Piura. A small bustling city in the northern Peru. About an hour and a half away is the port city of Paita. That’s where we spoke to Renato who works for an NGO trying to promote the well-being of fishermen, fisheries and the ocean. We visited the pier where boats are stocked with supplies.
Then it was on to La Tortuga, a small fishing village up the coast. There is no running water in La Tortuga. Water is delivered every few days. We spoke to locals about their food habits – including a few who said they eat anchoveta!
We visited a fish farm where local fish is ground up with rice flour, fishmeal, fish oil, wheat flour and soy flour. We got a tour of the factory and fish plant.
Members of the community rush to help an incoming boat at La Tortuga
That evening, we travelled overnight by bus to Chimbote- the fishmeal capital of Peru. You can smell the city far before you can see it!
Chimbote is home to Peru’s largest fishmeal factories. On our first day, we visited the Copeinca factory, we climbed aboard boats and watched illegal trawlers.
We looked at sludge left on the ocean floor by local factories and listened as a biologist describe the impact on local Guano bird populations in the area.