Flor De Maria Torrijos

Flor De Maria Torrijos

Flor De Maria Torrijos

Director | Aquaculture and Fishing Panama (ARAP)

Marine litigator specializing in commercial, shipping and trading disputes for more than 17 years and business entrepreneur.
Recognized by the Prestigious Magazine Investment and Business as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year 2018. Recognizes by the Panama Maritime Chamber as Maritime and Logistics Woman of the Year 2017. Recognized by Forbes Latam as one of the 14 most influential people in the Latin American maritime market.
Vice President of the Panama Maritime Chamber and President of the Bi Annual State Conference Panama Maritime 2017, active member of the Panama
Maritime Law Association and the Maritime Chamber Association for more than 15 years.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Maritime Center of Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration of Panama.
Founder and General Manager of Panama Maritime Lawyers and Vice President of Intermaritime Group, a one stop integral maritime solutions provider.
With extended experience in the public sector working at the Panama Maritime Authority serving as Director of International Affairs and as Secretary to the Board of Directors for one presidential term.
Exercising sound judgement and having a gift for simplifying even the most complex problems.
Panama Maritime XIII, World Conference and Exhibition 2017 – Organizing Committee President.

Resume 2019

THE GOVERNMENT OF PANAMA REAFFIRMS ITS COMMITMENT FOR RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE FISHING, AND TO THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED, UNREGULATED FISHING (IUU)

As of July 2019, the Government of Panama has executed firm and concrete action, contemplated and formalized in a road map whose objective is the fulfillment of the commitments by the Republic of Panama to combat and eradicate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU), in order to reverse the current deficiencies, already high-lighted from several years ago.
The Executive presented a modern and functional General Law for Fishing, Aquaculture and Related Activities, and has implemented inter-institutional agreements between the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) and the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP), facilitating their exchange of information and teamwork, raising the number of properly trained inspectors and, above all, improve the coordination and immediate response to these actions with our foreign service, in order to strengthen the dialogue and conveyance of our commitment.
It is important to highlight that the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP) signed an agreement with the International Global Fishing Watch Organization, which was launched in the event “Our Oceans 2019” demonstrating total transparency, and being one of the four countries that have given this important step. Similarly, a system for issuing international fishing licenses online was implemented, which demonstrates our commitment to transparency in the fight against illegal fishing.
The close collaboration between the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) and ARAP, includes access to the Central Maritime Office (VUMPA) and electronic vessel-filing information systems, allowing access to real-time information, information of the arrival to fishing vessels to national territory, and for the project to be part of the Boarding Committee, which is composed of different national authorities, in order to have coverage of first-line inspectors, nationwide, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
Illegal fishing generates millions in losses worldwide, and in Panama, it is fought vigorously with intelligence systems, and tools such as monitoring systems, and both inter-institutional and international cooperation. Very positive progress is being made in the right direction, and we trust that we can demonstrate to regional authorities and international organizations that Panama is a country that meets its international commitments, and that these measures are part of a comprehensive program designed and structured to generate a discipline of compliance that demonstrates, reliably, that the country is taking the necessary actions to ensure compliance with fishery guidelines and measures at national and international levels.
The Government of Panama reaffirms its commitment to legal, responsible and sustainable fishing.

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