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Pressure ratcheted up on Chinese fishing fleets in Latin American waters by Mark Godfrey September 15,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

An industry body in Peru has signed a memorandum of understanding with a key regional non-governmental organization, committing to better manage biodiversity in waters that are a key supply point for Chinese demand for seafood and fishmeal.

The Comité de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias de Perú signed the agreement with Organizacion para la Protección de los Recursos del Atlántico Sur (OPRAS, also known as the Organization for the Protection of Resources in the Southwest Atlantic). The document signed by OPRAS President Alan Mackern and Alfonso Miranda Eyzaguirre, president of the fishery and aquaculture committee of the Comité de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Sociedad Nacional de Industrias, forms the basis of a cooperative partnership between private firms, producers, and non-governmental bodies work together to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and commit to the sustainable management and conservation of marine resources.

A global spotlight was turned on China’s fleet in Latin America this summer when Ecuador sent out a warning about Chinese trawlers massing near the Galapagos Islands, where biospheres have been impacted by shrinking stocks of fish and squid.

The MoU signing comes as the World Trade Organization

Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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