The PPR Responsible Fishing Program, as an initiative of the FIP for small pelagics (Small Pelagics Sustainability) aimed at developing capacities for the small pelagic fleet, has the objective of managing and minimizing the impacts on the Ecuadorian marine ecosystem, from a plan of education and training addressing topics of common interest such as sustainable fishing, identification of target species and identification of marine fauna, ETP species. Each of these tasks have been accompanied by the development of didactic materials such as guides and educational videos focused on promoting the correct release technique for species such as turtles, sharks, rays, mammals, and seabirds. These have been distributed to the crew members and have also been located in the community spaces that the boats have.
For 2021, the Training Program had 29 training sessions from March to June, the participation of 9 companies and 163 crew members. There were 12 vessels that recorded 491 sets of capture composition and carried out conservation practices on board, which have resulted in 300 records of the release of marine fauna and impact on the bottom and 1,351 individuals released (100% alive or escaped). ) with a level of 58% correct identification of species. These data collected from the PPR are processed by the FIP PPP to obtain various indicators such as: Average volume of capture, Structure of weight (gr) and sizes by species, Distribution of sets and presence of juveniles, Index of incidental fishing of marine fauna, among others.
As part of the communication component of the PPR, a series of actions have been carried out, such as the dissemination of journalistic notes, the publication of articles and a series of photos and videos that are circulating on the social networks of both the FIP PPP (smallpelagics.org) and the National Chamber of Fisheries. In this way, the “VIDA MARINA 2021” Photography and video contest was opened, where the participation of the entire crew was encouraged to show the teamwork they carry out in their fishing tasks.