The statistics of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) show that from January 1 to April 3 Ecuador stopped receiving 9,457 metric tons of yellowfin, skipjack, bigeye and bonito tuna varieties.
Despite the setback, Ecuador is the king of tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO). In the mentioned period the national vessels fished 46.5% of the total area, away from Mexico with 15.6% and Panama, 10.2%.
The tuna industry is the one that generates more value-added exports for the country, with the canned category, for its skilled labor and technology, not only in Manta, but in Guayaquil too.
Canned fish generated in the first quarter, 225.9 million dollars and the loins $ 56.5 million, according to data from the Central Bank. In total, 156,845 tons were catched in the Eastern Pacific so far this year and 184,546 in 2015 (in various countries).