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Deadline Implementation Sorting Grids In Ecuador Postponed

Ecuador, member of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), was one of the countries that didn’t agree with the conservation measures proposed by the organization last December, alleging to have a better plan of actions to preserve tuna stocks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

That plan has been presented and consisted of 42 days of fisheries closure and the implementation of sorting grids, to prevent the catch of juvenile tuna.

According to Article 9 of Ecuador’s Auto-Closure Decree, affirmed by the Subsecretary of Fisheries Resources in the country, Guillermo Moran, all class 6 tuna boats would be obligated to have the sorting grids installed by January 1st of 2009.

However, since some of those boats went fishing in the high seas in December, the Ecuadorian government decided to postpone the measure deadline to February 28th. This information comes from the Vice-President of Ecuadorian Fisheries Chamber, Mr. Bruno Leone.

On December 6th of 2008, the Secretariat of Fisheries Resources in Ecuador offered a training section to 30 technicians who will work as observers on board the tuna fleet.

According to Mr. Leone, the observers will be collecting information about the efficiency of the grids, which is to be presented at the next IATTC meeting. The intention is for the statistical data to prove that the device is a reliable conservation measure for tuna stocks in the EPO.