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Cooperation agreement signed between OPRAS and CALAMASUR

Actualizado: 23 jul 2020

CALAMASUR and OPRAS will push an agenda to boost cooperation from their positions in order to coordinate action and management to favor sustainable fishing and to eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed today between CALAMASUR, the Committee for the Sustainable Management of the Jumbo Flying Squid in the South Pacific, which includes industry stakeholders from Chile, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, and OPRAS, the Organization for the Protection of Resources in the Southwest Atlantic.

It is worth noting that OPRAS, along with the Union of Shipowners and Fishing Industries of Itajai and Region of Brazil (SINDIPI), are founding members of the Private Commission for Sustainable Fishing in the Southwest Atlantic.

This agreement aims to provide a suitable framework and an explicit form to the cooperation between both organizations to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in all maritime areas, the high seas and international waters. In particular, this cooperation strives to eradicate illegal fishing through the sustainable management of resources beyond the jurisdictional boundaries of coastal states. Due to their migratory condition, these resources along with other species of the ecosystem, are subject to irregular and predatory exploitation by foreign long-distance fishing fleets.

Both organizations are aware of the need to build and promote responsible and sustainable management of transboundary and high seas marine species in their regions, paying attention to their characteristics, their trophic behavior and their special vulnerability.

In the case of the squids in South America, both organizations seek consistency and compatibility of the conservation and exploitation measures applied to the resources and its vessels. This goal includes the measures that should be in force in international waters where resources do not receive the same level of protection.

The agreement was underwritten by Alan Mackern, OPRAS’s president and by Alfonso Miranda, CALAMASUR’s president on July 22, 2020.

You can access the recording of the event here.

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