The nearest closed season in Ecuador is from May 30 to July 6, 2023. It is a control measure and the entire fleet with small pelagic purse seines must remain in port.
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Aquaculture and Fisheries (MAGAP), through the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, stipulates the standard closed periods for small pelagic fishing, from March 1 to March 31 and from September 1 to September 30 of each year.
This action is generated as a management, regulation, and control measure for the capture of small pelagic fish, with the purpose of guaranteeing work, food, and preservation of the environment.
The fishing inspectors, with the support of the National Directorate of Aquatic Spaces, will control, by land and sea, that the Ministerial Agreement is complied with, which establishes a one-month ban on the species moonfish, leaf, cornetfish, ribbon fish, and other juvenile species.
In addition, for compliance with the second closure, coordination with the competent authority will be done, so that small pelagic purse seine vessels are not granted sailing during the month of September. In the same way, work with other institutions will be done to carry out the controls.
The established bans include the prohibition of capture, transport, processing and commercialization of small pelagic species.
The exception is raw material and preserves made with product extracted before the start of the closure, after verification of the stock by the competent authority.
Those who fail to comply with the provisions of this ban will be penalized, in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Fisheries and Fisheries Development.
The violators could be penalized with a fine of two to ten unified basic remunerations or imprisonment from 15 to 60 days, according to the Law on Fisheries and Fisheries Development of Ecuador.