A proposal has been made to reform the law in order to better regulate the fisheries sector, which contributes 5% of GDP, expanding prohibited areas and implementing a moratorium on commercial fishing licenses.
In the first quarter of the year the value of fish exported was $5.1 million, 40% less than in the same period in 2015.
Fisheries sector entrepreneurs confirmed that the decline also occurred in production, but they are relying a reversal of the figures and achieving better results in the year, because in April , "... scale fishing began to show signs of recovery and we hope that in the rest of the year, with expectations of rainfall, production will normalize' "said Armando Segura, president of the Chamber of Fisheries of Nicaragua to Elnuevodiario.com.ni .
Only fish consumption of Panamanians is above the world average, with 23 kilos per capita per year.
The growth of purchasing power and increased choice of seafood explain the increased consumption among Panamanians, which averages around 23 kilos a year. The increased purchasing power of Panamanians is added to the growing industrialization in fish production, which along with the increase in marketing channels, increases product availability and consumption.
Entrepreneurs in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors are demanding that the government boost production of the species, whose consumption is projected to grow globally.
The government still has not spoken on the topic, but it is expected that industry representatives will meet with officials next week to refine the development plan for 2015, which includes raising tilapia.
In 2014 production in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors increased by 28%, but due to low international prices export earnings declined by 8% compared to 2013.
Fisheries and aquacultureproduction in 2014, equivalent to 96.7 million pounds exceeded projections made by sector earlier this year and recorded a 28% increase over the previous year. However, according to the Center for Exports (CETREX), it sold $19 million worth less than in 2013.
On December 2nd business experts and industry representatives will meet to discuss issues such as illegal fishing and the national fisheries inspection plan.
From a statement issued by the MarViva Foundation:
Costa Rica will be receiving a visit from the international expert on illegal fishing and fishery enforcement, Alejandro Covarrubias, who will provide advice to prepare the National Fish Inspection Plan, promote actions and mechanisms to combat illegal fishing and strengthen capacities to implement the Agreement on Measures of the Port State Rector in the country.
In the past year, the Colombian fish imports increased 42%, due to difficulties of local industry in supplying domestic demand.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office of (PROCOMER):
The Colombian fishing industry is going through tough times due to various reasons such as resource depletion, pollution, oil and mining spills , increased cost of materials especially related to fuel prices, which has led to a considerable decrease in fish production.
Fish which undergoes long-term processing such as canned fish, seafood and prepared fish dishes represents 52% of the retail market for processed fish, followed by frozen and refrigerated fish.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food in Canada (AAFC), the seafood market in Canada increased from $2.8 billion (684.200 tons) in 2009 to $3.8 billion (709.100 tons) in 2013 and it is expected that demand will continue to increase as Canadians include fish and seafood as a regular part of their healthy diet. It is also expected that prices will increase by over 40% in 2016 compared to 2009.
Through a government decree commercial fishing for tuna and other species has been limited to two specific areas of the Pacific coast in Costa Rica.
The first area will extend up to 40 nautical miles (74 km) from the coast and the second will be located beyond 40 nautical miles, in which larger scale longliners can operate, and between the two there will be a buffer zone.
Business and industry representatives in the country will be meeting on November 12th and 13th to discuss issues related to the regulatory framework, long-term strategies and marketing of the industry.
From a press release issued by the Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture (Incopesca):
Sales of shrimp, shrimp larvae, fish meal and fish oil saw the largest growth out of total exports from the country in the first half of 2014.
Between January and June exports from fisheries and the aquaculture industry were those that showed the best performance, well above traditional goods such as watermelon and pineapple, whose foreign sales decreased by 4% and 24% respectively, compared with the same period in 2013.
The fishing industry is calling for an enlargement in the withdrawal from the coasts for tuna purse seine fishery and that licenses be given only to ships committed to selling 100% of their catch to the local industry.
In an opinion piece published in Nacion.com, Asdrubal Vasquez Nunez mentions the importance of the Costa Rican tuna industry to the economy and points to the need to reorganize legislation for the sector in order to increase the competitiveness and productivity of it.
The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission has announced that the response to the request to increase the tonnage of fishing in the Eastern Pacific will be given in October.
Noting a lack of sufficient information and studies to determine more clearly the potential impact of increasing the quota, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) said it will postpone the decision until October.
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