Ecuador will propose fight against illegal fishing in international forum of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization

The delegation will report on the impact on the Galapagos Islands of offshore fishing activity. Photo / Mipro


Ecuador will propose fight against illegal fishing in international forum of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization

FEBRUARY 01, 2021 4:58 PM

The adoption of mechanisms to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is the presentation that the Ecuadorian delegation will give at the 34th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which takes place in Rome from February 1 to 5.

Delegates from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries participate for this purpose; the country’s presence in the international forum is the result of diplomatic actions undertaken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as part of the strategy to combat these actions and promote the conservation of the Galapagos Islands.

During the meeting, Ecuador will report on the impact caused on the ecosystem of the Galapagos Islands by the activities of foreign fishing vessels that are carried out on the high seas, in areas surrounding the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone.

Along these lines, the country will request that the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing be strengthened, for the purpose that it will promote and support the adoption of measures aimed at achieving this objective.

The need to reach an early conclusion of the negotiations being carried out in the World Trade Organization (WTO) on subsidies to fisheries will be highlighted, since these contribute to overfishing and overcapacity by large subsidized fleets, which leads to the depredation of marine resources.

COFI-FAO, a subsidiary body of the FAO Council, is the world’s most important international forum where major international issues relating to fisheries and aquaculture are discussed. (I)

Read the coverage via El Telegrafo at https://www.eltelegrafo.com.ec/noticias/economia/4/combate-pesca-ilegal-pais-foro-internacional-fao


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