President Rafael Correa inaugurated on March 12 the first fishing port of Manabi. This work stands on 14 hectares to directly benefit 2,500 artisanal fishermen and, indirectly, more than 10,000 people. The investment, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, was, approximately $22 million.
Correa expressed that this means a step to overcome the notion of fishing as survival economy and as poverty. “The revolution must continue, whoever suffers,” he said. The goal is to increase productivity and dignify this office, said the president, who stressed that artisanal fishing makes a qualitative leap with operation centers such as the recently opened and the Anconcito one.
This port can serve about 700 vessels, mostly small fiber boats and 40 mother-ship type. “This port will be an icon for artisanal fisheries in the country,” he added.