Manuel Vazquez

Manuel Vazquez

Manuel Vazquez

Managing Director | Pesca Azteca

Manuel Vazquez, graduated in Science in Banking & Finance with a Master of Business Administration at the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago, is the Managing Director of Pesca Azteca, a fishing company with the biggest tuna fleet in Latin America with a strong sense of sustainability and exports in Spain, France and China.
In the financial sector, Vazquez has experience in markets such as Singapore, Switzerland and Africa, driving the financial planning and controllership for each market. In the fishing sector, as Director of Pesca Azteca he is part of the Pacific Alliance for Sustainable Tuna leading initiatives, projects and investigations in order to preserve the marine fauna.
Under his management and leadership Pesca Azteca has acquired awards and certifications such as the Mexican Agri-food Prize, environmental quality certificate, social responsible company and MSC, among others.

State of Seiner Fleets / Capacity,
Growth, Effort Creep

“The intent of fishing as much as possible, is the worst kind of fishing business”. Martin Sarmiento.
This is a problem that has been unsettled for as many years as modern fishing exists. The multiple trials to regulate, control and manage the fleet capacity by RFMOs, prove to be insufficient in view of the recent results of stocks.
Several models have been discussed considering heritage, political and economic dominance, accumulated cubic meters by country, and more recently even a buyback based on the least efficient vessels.
As much as we want to achieve sustainability, it will never become a reality if we don’t accept that Economics are indeed the forces driving how much we get from the ocean. It is not a matter of size or number of boats, today the problem is created by the velocity and frequency we have on the different fleets. Those KPIs that are exposed to be best in class for efficiency, are the ones that put sustainability in peril.

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