Tunacons, towards the sustainability of tuna, Ecuador’s most important fishing resource.
TUNACONS towards the sustainability of tuna, Ecuador’s most important fishery resource.
This innovative fishery improvement project (FIP), led by the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), will certify part of Ecuador’s tuna production under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.
WWF is one of the world’s largest environmental conservation organizations. As part of its work, it seeks to establish alliances with the private sector as a means to positively influence the sustainable use of natural resources.
Achieving this eco-certification is an objective of the business sector, as it will differentiate this tuna from that of other countries, increasing competitiveness, strengthening markets, making the fishing industry prosper and maintaining sources of employment for thousands of Ecuadorians who depend directly and indirectly on this fishery.
Negocios Industriales Real, Eurofish, Grupo Jadran, Servigrup and TRI MARINE, leading tuna companies in Ecuador and in the region form TUNACONS, and since 2015, in cooperation with the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries, WWF and other actors in this productive chain, have been developing the FIP in the industrial fishery of tuna caught with purse seine nets. These companies own 44 purse seine vessels, responsible for 22% of the tuna caught in the eastern Pacific.