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Ecuadorian Tuna Fishermen Have 2 Periods To Fulfill The Ban

After the decision reached by delegates from 16 member countries of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) on tuna fishing in the Eastern Pacific, tuna vessel shipowners will be able to choose whether to stop in August or December to complete the 59-day ban accorded, said Ivo Kuka, president of Ecuadorian Tuna Fishermen’s Association (ATUNEC).
According to ATUNEC,
the tuna fishing vessel owners of each country will have until 15 July to inform the IATTC of the dates in which they will halt their activities this year. Additionally, they will have until 15 April of next year to notify officials of their dates for 2010 and 2011.

This decision to gradually increase the fishing prohibition from 62 days in 2010 to 73 days in 2011 was made during the 80th Meeting of the IATTC held earlier this month in La Joya, California.

Costa Rica, Mexico, France, Nicaragua, the United States, Japan, Venezuela, Guatemala, Spain, El Salvador, Panama, Peru, Republic of Korea and Vanuatu were the members that accepted the Ecuadorian proposal in an effort to plan their activities. Only the Colombian delegation decided to wait for a response from their government.

Tuna purse seiner vessels will not be able to target yellowfin, bigeye and skipjack tuna within the area bordered by 96º and 110º West and between 4º North and 3º South, coordinates near the Galapagos Islands.

This resolution ‘helps’ the Ecuadorian industry, Mr. Kuka said. Firstly, because the docks of the port of Manta will no longer be crowded with vessels awaiting repair and maintenance work. And secondly, because there will be no disruption of raw material supply to the 20 Ecuadorian fish processing companies
.