Ecuadorian tuna catches in the Eastern Pacific Ocean reached 223,081 metric tons between January and August this year, representing an 18.3% growth over the 188,441 t obtained in the similar period of 2016. These figures were provided by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (CIAT), which in its latest report indicates that the regional fishing of the resource, which includes the countries of Ecuador, Mexico, the United States, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and others reached 464,809 tons in the first eight months of the year.
Guillermo Morán, the manager of the Tunacons project, made up of the Nirsa, Jadrán, EuroFish, Servigroup and TriMarine tuna companies, said that the sector expects to close the year with a better catch and exports compared to 2016. “In the last two months tuna catches were low, but the first four months were spectacular, we actually caught more than last year, but now fishing levels have improved again,” said Moran. (I)