Saturday, February 10, 2018, 02:40 (GMT + 9)
The closed season for the capture of titi shrimp (Protrachypene precipua) along the Ecuadorian coast begins on February 15.
The measure was established by the Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAP) based on the technical and scientific report of the National Fisheries Institute (INP) and through a ministerial agreement.
This fisheries management regulation is applied every year from February 15 to March 31, period in which the capture, transport and internal and external commercialization of this species is prohibited.
The ban applies to all boats that use trawls and purse nets.
Jorge Villavicencio, director of Fisheries Resources Control, indicated that titi shrimp is a species of high commercial interest that is exported to international markets such as the United States and the European Union, so it is important to make an adequate management of the resource.
For the titi shrimp fishery, an annual quota of 500 tonnes per vessel is established, which can be caugth during 235 effective fishing days.
While the Ministerial Agreement is in force, the coverage of the industrial fishing fleet by the Fishery Observer Program will be increased by 50 percent.
Vessels that violate the ban will be sanctioned as stipulated in the Fishing and Fisheries Development Law.