Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 08:59
In Ecuador, fishing is one of the main sources of employment for people who live in the coastal area. The activity provides direct work in industrial and artisanal fisheries, where the inhabitants of these areas can work as fishermen, boat crews, factory workers, and netters, among other roles.
According to figures from the National Fisheries Chamber (CNP), there are more than 108,000 families whose working life is directly and indirectly related to the sector. Today, June 29, Fisherman’s Day is commemorated , and within the framework of this celebration – approved by executive decree No. 2458, on January 20, 1995 – it is highlighted that fishing activity is one of the few sectors that during and after the Covid-19 pandemic has been able to continue linking new collaborators.
CNP statistics show that during the first quarter of this year, fishing exports totaled $417.97 million dollars, exceeding by 9.11% the amount registered in the first quarter of 2020.
According to Bruno Leone, president of the National Fisheries Chamber, the sector is committed to ensuring the development of good practices, guaranteeing a viable activity that allows it to continue to be a source of job creation and one of the most dynamic sectors of the national economy.
National Fisheries Alliance
In order to work together, the artisanal and industrial fishing sectors of continental Ecuador and the insular region signed the National Fishing Alliance on January 24, 2021, in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands.
The coalition was signed by the CNP, the Ecuadorian Tuna Boat Association (Atunec), the National Federation of Fishing Cooperatives of Ecuador (Fenacopec), the Galápagos fishing unions Copropag, Copespromar; Copaisa, Copesan, and Pelican Bay, is committed to working together in the training and adoption of technologies that allow the development of a sustainable fishing activity that protects marine biodiversity.
The alliance also seeks to join forces against an unjustified expansion of the current Galapagos marine reserve, through the creation of new marine protected areas.
Among its priorities is also continuing to operate under high standards of sustainability with the marine ecosystem, through responsible practices with the families who dedicate their working lives to this productive activity.
Read the original coverage from Vistazo at https://www.vistazo.com/enfoque/108000-familias-dependen-de-la-actividad-pesquera-en-ecuador-CC466422
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