Ecuador becomes the first country in Latin America to join the FiTI
Ecuador is the first Latin American country to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), an initiative that aims to give it the lead in promoting fisheries transparency in Latin America.
The FiTI is a global, multi-stakeholder partnership focused on improving transparency and collaboration in marine fisheries management. Ecuador is the seventh country to officially join the FiTI, after Mauritania, Seychelles, Senegal, Cabo Verde, Madagascar and São Tomé and Príncipe.
“Being part of the FiTI reinforces the importance that transparency is a value that is not presumed, but demonstrated,” said Ecuadorian Deputy Minister Andrés Arens. “As a government, we reiterate our commitment to managing the fisheries in a responsible and transparent manner.
Arens said this effort “will mark a before and after in Ecuador’s fisheries administration.”
Fishing activities in Ecuador generate more than 1.6 billion dollars (1.5 billion euros) in exports and are responsible for more than 250,000 jobs. Through Ecuador’s commitment to the FiTI, it hopes to promote improved public access to information in the fisheries sector, which will benefit its overall food security.
“On behalf of the FiTI, and as an Ecuadorian by birth, I am delighted that Ecuador has become a leader in the region by joining our initiative,” said the Chair of the FiTI International Board of Directors. , Valeria Merino. “I am convinced that the commitment of the authorities, together with the contribution of the private sector and civil society, will improve the levels of transparency contributing to more sustainable fishing in Ecuador, for the benefit of all Ecuadorians and the planet.”
Ecuador’s overall objective is to improve the transparency of its fisheries through a participatory process involving different stakeholders in the seafood sector in accordance with the principles of the FiTI. By improving transparency and inclusiveness, the FiTI encourages public debate on fisheries policy to support the long-term contributions of the sector.
Ongoing technical guidance will be provided by the FiTI International Secretariat, in coordination with Conservation International Ecuador, to ensure Ecuador’s FiTI application is complete.
Photo courtesy of Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI)