Definition of anchoveta in English:



  • An anchovy found off the Pacific coasts of South America, of great commercial importance to Peru.

    Engraulis ringens, family Engraulidae

    • ‘The main exports are copper, zinc, gold and oil products, coffee, cotton, sugarcane & rice, anchovetas, pilchards and fishmeal.’
    • ‘Here we show that misreporting by countries with large fisheries, combined with the large and widely fluctuating catch of species such as the Peruvian anchoveta, can cause globally spurious trends.’
    • ‘The Peruvian anchoveta population was heavily fished and collapsed during the warming of the 1972 El Niño.’
    • ‘First off, the crew must ‘scoop’ for ‘chum,’ i.e., make a haul for anchovetas, to be used for bait.’
    • ‘Our focus is on herring, mackerel, anchovetas and other fish for reduction.’
    • ‘Vast quantities of Peruvian anchoveta have been shipped to developed countries for use as animal feed.’
    • ‘Edible anchoveta sold in the U.S. market are primarily canned fish from Chile.’
    • ‘Catches of a type of anchovy called anchoveta were above 10 million tons in the late 1960s to 1971 off northern and central Peru.’
    • ‘The fish, mostly anchovetas (small anchovies), are caught in the Pacific and are processed into fish meal, which is used as animal feed.’
    • ‘Many of Panama's commercially raised chickens are fed fishmeal from anchovetas, small fish which also depend on mangroves.’
    • ‘When catch of the highly variable stocks of Peruvian anchovetas, a species substantially affected by El Niño / Southern Oscillation events, is excluded, the world fish catch appears to have declined by 660,000 tons a year during that time.’
    • ‘Similar alternating dominance of sardines and anchovies (or anchovetas) have been observed in other boundary current systems during the twentieth century.’
    • ‘Prior to the start of TOGA, the most well-studied societal impact of El Niño was the collapse of the Peruvian anchoveta fishery in 1972-1973.’
    • ‘Farm-grown salmon are often fed Peruvian anchovetas, which are now being overfished.’
    • ‘In fact, the notorious collapse of anchoveta stocks in the 1950s that has been blamed on overfishing, could very well be due in part to a natural 50 year cycle in stock abundance.’
    • ‘University expert Juan Bravo said the mangroves are important for fishing as sources of the white shrimp, anchovetas and red porgy, among others.’


1940s: from Spanish, diminutive of anchova (see anchovy).