Ecuador's Deputy Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries organized a workshop with representatives from various government institutions related to port and maritime fisheries control in the country in order to develop a National Action Plan to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
During the meeting, Fernanda Marriott, Director of Industrial Fisheries, explained that the plan is a commitment related to the trade agreement with the European Union (EU).
The EU market is the main destination of Ecuadorian tuna, accounting for 65% of exports. The country is also the leading supplier of canned and pre-cooked tuna, approximately 100,000 tons, reported the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MAGAP), the entity the Deputy Minister depends from.
According to Andres Domingo, deputy director of Uruguay's National Aquatic Resources, DINARA, and moderator at the workshop, this plan is a tool to enable the country to outline strategies ensuring the citizens’ rights, combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity, which considers biological, technological, economic, social, commercial and environmental aspects.
The Uruguayan official recalled that the Ecuadorian government has already shown its commitment to implement other conservation plans, such as that referred to sharks and dolphins.
In the global context, it is becoming more and more necessary to tackle illegal fishing. This is an opportunity for the country to have this instrument as an umbrella for activities intended to take care of the species and markets, added Domingo.
The workshop was also attended by representatives from Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Trade, MAGAP, the Under Secretariat for Water Transport Ports, National Secretariat of Customs, the National Fisheries Institute and the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces. (FIS).