The National Chamber of Fisheries (CNP) and its coalition of 22 companies at the forefront of the ‘Small Pelagics Sustainability’ fisheries improvement process was selected as the winner, in Ecuador, of the contest on solutions to combat overfishing in the collective action competition of the Coastal Fisheries Initiative-Challenge Fund (CFI-CF), which was also carried out in Cape Verde, Peru and Indonesia.
The results were reported by the World Bank, which in its statement states that the four winners and the finalists described original approaches to determine how their coalitions will reduce overfishing and improve sustainable fishing practices.
Marine Life Contest 2021 awarded photos and videos of oceanic species taken in fishing operations in Ecuador
Winning solutions are described at https://www.worldbank.org/en/programs/solutionstooverfishing/winner-stories#2
“The Coastal Fisheries Initiative – Challenge Fund decided to pilot the format of a competition to gain knowledge, experiences and ideas from collective collaboration to address the problem of overfishing. Engaging coalitions of seafood value chain actors was important to us for two reasons: because these actors have the best on-the-ground knowledge of local fisheries and the market, and because we believe unconventional partnerships can spark innovations. brilliant unconventionals,” explained Mimako Kobayashi, World Bank Senior Environmental Economist, who led the IFC-CF and its Global Knowledge Competition.
Meanwhile, mentions Jimmy Anastacio, coordinator of Small Pelagics Sustainability, indicated that the proposal presented by the CNP is based on establishing a collective responsible supply policy in the coalition of companies, through which standards are promoted that vessels that supply small pelagics the fishmeal industry in Ecuador must progressively comply with verifiable improvements in their fishing practices, legal compliance and transparency.
Fishing industries seek to give sustainability to the resources they capture through a project
For his part, Rafael Trujillo, executive director of the CNP, pointed out that, since 2018, the Small Pelagics Sustainability coalition brings together the main producers of fishmeal and balanced feed for aquaculture in Ecuador, in a joint public-private effort by the sustainability of small pelagic populations together with the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, the Public Institute of Aquaculture and Fisheries Research, and the Undersecretary of Fisheries Resources.
The winners and the runners-up were scheduled to participate, this Thursday, September 29, in a virtual event designed to share knowledge and experiences with the World Bank’s network of financial and development partners. Coalitions will also receive support to disseminate their work, and access acceleration services to improve and implement their solutions.