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Ecuador and Japan Cooperate on Technical Aquaculture, Fisheries Knowledge

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ECUADOR - The Deputy Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Guillermo Moran, visited Japan to establish lines of cooperation in fisheries and aquaculture for Ecuador.

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The Deputy Minister toured marine aquaculture farming centers that manage fishing cooperatives.

The Minister highlighted the policies of the Japanese Government which have encouraged and developed mariculture for the past 20 years, taking into account all the factors necessary to make it a sustainable activity.

Deputy Moran and Japanese industry officials pledged to promote mechanisms for technical and scientific cooperation, through the Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Research.

The visit was marked by the search for agreements and commitments to ensure food security and sovereignty.

In addition, Mr Moran showed their work in growing areas and noted logistics and processing of products were developed at fishing ports..

With this opportunity, Mr Moran thanked the President of the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation (OFCF) of Japan for the support to build the pilot plant in San Mateo, where fishing products with added value will be developed.

It is expected that in this month, OFCF will visit Ecuador on a technical mission, working with technicians from the Undersecretary of Fisheries and the National Fisheries Institute.

"We also need to work on better management measures for tuna and related species caught in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO), which are administered by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)," noted Mr Moran.

Ecuador and Japan share some offshore fish species such as tuna, billfish, swordfish, wahoo, dorado, sharks and giant squid, especially in the Eastern Pacific Ocean region, Central and Western areas of the equatorial region toward the south.

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