The shrimp managers requested the review of the environmental impact that the dredging of the docks could cause, from 1 to 6, in the maneuver zone and access channel in Puerto Bolivar by the Turkish consortium Yilport Ecu S.A.
José Camposano, president of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, said that the sector is in agreement with the dredging, but that the claim is in regard to the environmental impact that the work would generate. “We are not opposed to dredging,” he said.
The provincial directorate of the Ministry of the Environment granted the environmental license last December in favor of the consortium, based on an environmental impact study questioned by the shrimpers.
“The impact would be on an area of about 15,000 hectares of shrimp production in the Jambelí archipelago and nearby continental areas, which constitutes 50% of the shrimp farms in this province,” explained Jorge Chávez, president of the Camarón Producers Association.
Segundo Calderón, from the Chamber of Shrimp Producers of El Oro, questioned whether the observations presented to the project had not been taken into account. “The samples for the analyzes were carried out outside the dredging area and superficial, not at the 6 meters that are intended to be dredged”.
The governor of El Oro, Rosa Lopez, said that “the port, as it is, should have been dredged for a long time, even in the access channel to Jambelí is very high sediment.”
The dredging will be done from the end of April to May 31 and from November to May 2019, explained Santiago Aguilar, project manager of Yilport. (I)