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Tuna companies reject the possibility of commercialization of illegal fishing products
Wednesday, November 06, 2019, 06:30 (GMT + 9)
The yellow card, a warning notice issued by the European Union (EU) to Ecuador on October 30 due to alleged failures in the control of the suspected commercialization of products from illegal fishing, has generated reactions in different local tuna guilds.
Tunacons, which groups the main tuna companies in the country (Nirsa, Eurofish, Jadran Group, Servigrup and Trimarine), rejected the possibility that illegal fishing products are being marketed to that block.
"We believe it is important to say that under no circumstances can it be admitted so far that any company in Ecuador has engaged in illegal fishing practices," they said in a statement.
In the document they added that fisheries inspection and monitoring schemes in the country have been strengthened in the last 15 years in a gradual and specialized way from seven or ten inspectors to more than 200 nationwide, to control and monitor landings in the main places of the Ecuadorian coastline. In addition, the industry has invested in a mandatory satellite control system for the entire industrial fleet.
For its part, the Ecuadorian Chamber of Tuna Industrialists and Processors (CEIPA) indicated that the EU's observation was based on a Fisheries Law dating from 1974, so it suggested that it should be aligned with international standards. The union said that companies in the sector work with traceability systems that certify the legality of their catches.
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