The Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP) announced that Ecuador will continue to export yellowfin tuna and its derivatives to the United States market after obtaining this year the Renewal of the Positive Certification for the Marine Mammals Protection Act (MMPA).
To this end, the country complied with the requirements of the US Fisheries Act, known as the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The MAP explained that the US regulations implemented three regulations to which imports of marine products are subject to prevent the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood fraud. These regulations are the Moratorium Protection Act, Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) and the Marine Mammals Protective Act.
In a statement sent by Samuel D. Rauch, assistant of the NOAA Fisheries Administration to the Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries Ana Katuska Drouet, it was indicated that the renewal of the certification came into effect on April 1 of this year until March 31, 2018. “This certification allows yellowfin tuna caught by vessels operating under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Pacific Ocean to continue importing into the US,” said Samuel Rauch. (I)