Managing Director | Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS)
Guillermo A. Morán Velasquez is a Fisheries Engineer at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (UFRPE) in Brasil.
Moran has been working in the fisheries sector in Ecuador for the past 24 years, taking over different roles, such as:
Director of the National Observer Program at the National Fishery Institute.
Coordinator of the PATRA Project (Proyecto de Gestión Ambiental Marino Costero).
Executive Director of the ASOEXPEBLA (Exporters Association).
Vice-President of the National Federation of Exporters.
Fisheries Representative at CORPEI (Export and Investment Promotion Cooperation).
Private Sector Representative at the National Council of Fishing Development.
Under-Secretary of Marine Resources of Ecuador.
Manager of the Port Authority of Manta.
Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.
President of the Sub-Regional South-Pacific Fisheries Management Committee.
President of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).
Ecuador Commissioner for international organizations such as: WCPFC, SPFMRO, IATTC, CPPS and FAO.
Moran is the Director of Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS), which is developing a Fisheries Improvement Project for purse seining fisheries in the Eastern Pacific. Important companies associated to this area (NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP, and TRIMARINE) are seeking to certify their fishery with the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).
Coordinator of the Fishing Improvement Program for MSC of the longline mahi-mahi fishery for the consortium of the exporting companies Frigolab San Mateo, Mardex, Oceanfish, Propemar, Frigolandia, Transmarina and Fresh Fish of Ecuador.
The tuna companies NIRSA, EUROFISH, JADRAN, SERVIGRUP and TRI MARINE that are part of the Tuna Conservation Group (TUNACONS) with the cooperation of WWF Ecuador, have maintained during the last 3 years a constant rhythm of work in different fields of the fishing activity. This to be prepared and enter the complete evaluation process of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability certification of the tuna fishery with purse seine in sets on floating objects and FADs in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The construction and implementation of all the management tools that we have had so far have undoubtedly had different challenges and difficulties; among these, and from our experience, we can determine the following:
1) Cooperation with scientists requires building well-established alliances in order to improve the results of the work they carry out to provide advice on the fishery’s sustainable management.
2) Cooperation with the fleet personnel to assimilate and apply the technical changes that are required should be carried out under permanent dialogue, communication, and training.
3) Coordination with public and private national or international actors to promote the adoption of management measures or tools for sustainable fishing also requires the development of actions such as meetings, training workshops, elaboration of technical documents that take time.
4) The development of research projects to achieve technological changes in areas with a low level of knowledge regarding possible solutions requires additional efforts and investments that take time.
5) The communication of results and progress also requires significant efforts, so that the national and international community is aware of the progress and changes that are achieved in the projects.