New bill announced to sanction illegal fishing in Ecuador

In an effort to protect tuna exports to the European Union (EU), the National Government announced on Tuesday a plan to modernize the fishing sector, after the bloc demanded that the country intensify its fight against illegal capture.

The Government will present a new law that includes sanctions for illegal fishing, in addition to the incorporation of monitoring equipment that will demand an investment of 18 million dollars.

The EU, Ecuador’s main market for tuna, called the country’s attention in October to ensure that the product entering its market does not come from illegal fishing.

“The EU has ratified our confidence in the country, we believe that after this wake-up call we will emerge stronger … We are dealing with it, we have a clear roadmap,” said Production Minister Iván Ontaneda.

The new law, which will replace the one in force since 1974, proposes imposing sanctions to eliminate illegal fishing in the country.

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