Exchanging experiences and generating proposals to eradicate illegal and unreported illegal fishing (IUU) was the objective of the binational workshop held in Guayaquil, between authorities involved in fisheries control from Ecuador and Peru. The event was organized by the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP), the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces (Dirnea) and the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO).
Vice Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries Javier Cardoso pointed out that IUU fishing is the third most profitable economic activity in the world and threatens the effective conservation and management of fisheries resources. “I look with optimism at this workshop to build effective strategies to overcome this lethal enemy called illegal fishing.”
According to the FAO, around 26’000,000 metric tons of fish are illegally stolen every year in the world, which implies an injury of approximately $ 23,000 million. (I)