Coronavirus: Ecuador already has a new Fisheries Law
The new Organic Law for the Development of Aquaculture and Fisheries was published in the Official Registry No. 187 of April 21, 2020. This project establishes the appropriate legal framework for the exercise of aquaculture, fishing production in the extraction phases, collection, reproduction, breeding, cultivation, processing, storage, distribution, internal and external commercialization, in short, the exploitation and rational use of hydrobiological resources.
In addition, it allows the country to comply with technical, safety, quality and traceability parameters, in order to respond to the demand of international markets, particularly with respect to the European Union in relation to the control of illegal fishing.
Among the relevant aspects of the standard, it determines that the private sector is maintained in the National Aquaculture and Fisheries System ; that the Ministry of the designated branch will be the authority and governing body of the policy of such activities at the national level, with due powers; establishes a specific budget allocation for the National Fund for Aquaculture and Fisheries Research and that the income that comes from cooperation and donations from national and international organizations go to this end.
Also, the Aquaculture and Fishing Information System is created ; orders the monitoring, control and surveillance of aquaculture; establishes the area for artisanal fishing, sports or recreational fishing, the reserve area for species reproduction.
It specifies that the inputs for the production of flour and shrimp and fish oil of certain authorized species, taking into account that the quality products will be exclusively for human consumption and the rest for other types of things.
Once published in the Official Registry , the President of the Republic, Lenín Moreno, has six months to issue the regulation for the proper application of the Law.