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Junta de Manejo Participativo Pesquero de Puerto Cayo (Participatory Fisheries Management Board of Puerto Cayo)
Ecuador
 

The small fishing community of Puerto Cayo, located in the south-west of Manabi Province on Ecuador's Pacific coast is the setting for an experiment in sustainable fishing methods that has endured since the 1970s. In partnership with government agencies, the Participatory Fisheries Management Board of Puerto Cayo has formalized attempts to better conserve coastal biodiversity and improve fishing livelihoods.

One of the leading innovations in this effort was the introduction of a push net that is less damaging to the shrimp, and reduced by-catch of larval and juvenile shellfish and finfish, allowing shrimp populations to regenerate. This was supported by a trial fishing area closure period in 2002, and has been underpinned in recent years by the development of alternative livelihoods, including ecotourism, to reduce reliance on fishing incomes.

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CONTACT

Señor Oscar Pihuave
Presidente
Puerto Cayo
Manabí
Ecuador
Tel: 593 9 919 2744
Email: opihuave@yahoo.com