Industrial Fishing Companies Number Around US $2,700 Million Per Year in the Illegal Fishing Business in Latin America

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“Alliance Alpescas was created in July 2018 and gathers fishing industrialists from Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica linked to associations or industrial fishing chambers, with the aim of promoting a sustainable fishing activity (Aqua World).”

With a call to commit to carry out a strong defense of sustainable fishing and to attack with all the forces the illegal fishing in the Region, the third encounter of Alpescas culminated in San Jose of Costa Rica. The alliance was created in July 2018 and gathers fishing industrialists from Costa Rica, Peru, Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica linked to associations or industrial fishing chambers, with the objective of promoting a sustainable fishing activity , the development of industrial fishing, aquaculture and its related activities, supporting the activities of its associates.

In this context, the president of Alpescas, the Chilean Osciel Velásquez, said that “it is up to us to change the present and take measures so that in the future we can continue to provide quality products and ensure responsible fishing, with a future, for the communities from our countries. We are facing a harsh ghost that lurks the seas: illegal fishing. This unscrupulous activity, which generates 2.7 billion dollars illicitly a year will not change if we do not unite as industrialists to improve the standards of governance in our countries. “

Thus, he stressed that this being the scenario, “it is regrettable that some authorities put the focus on industrial discards, which are minimal, and not in this tremendous hole that is illegal fishing … If we do not set the example, it will be impossible to defeat the unscrupulous pirates who have turned this activity into a profitable and harmful business “.

During the meeting, visions were shared about the progress that is being made in each country to carry out sustainable fishing and to take care of the resources, such as the use of high standard fishing nets that capture the maximum of the target fishing, as well as like the care of the species and their biomass, in the context of the certification of fisheries – as it will happen in the next days in Chile, with the horse mackerel.

Also, another focus of attention of Alpescas in this meeting was the use of networks for shrimp fishing in Costa Rica, which in the case of shrimp was banned, generating huge poles of unemployment and poverty. In this context, the members of Alpescas sent a letter to the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, urging him to make efforts to return this fishing gear to Costa Ricans.

“We have discussed the seriousness of the prohibition of fishing gear using trawls in the case of shrimp. Among the arguments that have been delivered by those who intend to eradicate it, is the damage to the seabed and the presence of accompanying fauna; However, both justifications respond to myths without any technical foundation, “Velásquez said. He added that “during our visit, we have noted with astonishment that this bad measure has had a negative impact on the communities that rely on this activity. It is frustrating to see the situation in Punta Arenas, with docks and boats abandoned, companies destroyed and thousands of jobs lost. As men and women of the sea, we are saddened to see how myths and terror campaigns result in social conflicts in the end.

Industrial Fishing Companies Number Around US $2,700 Million Per Year in the Illegal Fishing Business in Latin America

Velásquez emphasized that in the 30 OECD fishing countries, the trawl technique is allowed, precisely because it has been proven to be a sustainable and environmentally friendly art and marine fauna.

 

Source: MundoAcuicola