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Ecuadorian fisheries association joins IPNLF

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Ecuadorian fisheries association Cooperativa Cañeros de Manta has become the latest member of the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).

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Representing the interests of the local pole-and-line tuna fishery and the people that it supports, Manta-based Cooperativa Cañeros de Manta was established in 2011 to safeguard the region’s traditional pole-and-line fishing method and its marine environment whilst also generating opportunities for additional employment.

Martin Purves, managing director of IPNLF, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Cooperativa Cañeros de Manta into our Member network.

“While this partnership expands our engagement to a new region, the challenges faced by the pole-and-line fishery in Ecuador is similar to those faced by many other one-by-one fisheries in the world. Particularly the threat that large-scale industrial tuna fishing operations has on their long-term survival.

“Together, we will work to ensure this traditional fishery is recognised as an iconic, sustainable, and socially responsible tuna fishery in South America.”

Augusto López Zambrano, president of the Cañeros de Manta Cooperative, stated: "Together with the Ecuadorian government, we want to build a bright future for this tuna fishery and the coastal community it supports. We are determined to strengthen and grow while raising the profile of our sustainable products in the international markets.

“We believe that by joining the network of IPNLF members and working with the partnership to achieve these ambitions, we will provide enhanced benefits to our fishing community.”

Manta’s fishery dates back to the 1940s, but has shrunk considerably in recent decades as industrialised operations have come to dominate the Ecuadorian tuna fishery.

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