Ecuador and Costa Rica strengthen ties regarding the conservation of marine and fishing resources

The memorandum will facilitate participation in projects to combat illegal fishing. Photo / Chancellery

FEBRUARY 08, 2021 5:10 PM

Authorities from the Ministries of Agriculture and Production of Ecuador, and their counterparts of Agriculture, signed an exciting [memorandum of] understanding Fisheries and Aquaculture Cooperation; the objectives are the conservation and sustainable use of marine, fishery and aquaculture resources through institutional strengthening and technical cooperation.

In the signing was Ecuador’s Minister of Production, Iván Ontaneda; and for Costa Rica, the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado. Meanwhile, Foreign Ministers Luis Gallegos and Rodolfo Solano witnessed the event as honorary witnesses.

Foreign Minister Luis Gallegos indicated that the act reflects the excellent relations that unite the peoples and governments of Ecuador and Costa Rica. In addition, he reiterated the country’s commitment to protecting the oceans, marine ecosystems and, in particular, the Galapagos Islands – Natural Heritage of Humanity and Unesco Biosphere Reserve.

The memorandum will also facilitate participation, by mutual agreement, in projects and programs to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and other related activities.

The agreement will enable the exchange of electronic information on Costa Rican and Ecuadorian vessels, and will also promote discussions on the implementation of a bilateral and reciprocal protocol for visits and inspections on board the fleets of both countries, in accordance with article 21 of the New York Agreement, regarding the management of straddling fisheries and the conservation of highly migratory fish stocks.

The agreement joins the other cooperative understandings between the two countries, the most recent being the First Joint Partial Presentation for the Definition of the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf delivered by the representatives of Ecuador and Costa Rica in New York before the UN Commission on Limits of the Continental Shelf. (I)

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