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Ecuador close to launching new tuna management plan

Plan aimed at ensuring sustainability of tuna resource and of the industry.

Ecuador is working on a national tuna fisheries plan aimed at ensuring sustainability of the resource and of the industry.

The initiative is a combined effort between the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, conservation group Tunacons, trade groups and other stakeholders along the chain.

Ecuador is the first and so far the only member country of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) to launch a management strategy through the implementation of a tuna national action plan, Tunacons said.

Those working on the initiative have the benefit of studying other national plans Ecuador has implemented on the management of mahi mahi, titi (pomada) shrimp and sharks.

The process will be completed in the coming weeks before which the ministry will hold a final workshop with all involved stakeholders who will work towards the plan becoming permanent government policy.

Ecuador’s Tuna Conservation Group (Tunacons) is formed by five tuna companies fishing in the country: Negocios Industriales Real (Nirsa), Eurofish, Grupo Jadran, Servigrup, and US-based Trimarine.

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