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November 19, 2013


Protecting Shrimp from Hijackers


I used Google Translate to translate the following information from Spanish to English:


Ecuador’s National Aquaculture Chamber is holding meetings with various Government entities to develop a plan for dealing with criminal attacks on shrimp shipments.  Once developed, the plan will presented to Rafael Correa, the President of Ecuador, for approval and immediate implementation.  Until a plan is developed, the Chamber recommends that shrimp should only be transported on rivers and at sea between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.  Police and marine authorities will inspect shipments after 6:00 p.m., and shipments without the proper documents well be detained until the proper ownership is established.


National Police are already conducting operations to disrupt organized gangs engaged in the illegal shrimp trade.  Colonel Gonzalo Balarezo, Zonal Chief of Police, said seven criminals belonging to the “Titos”, “Los Negritos”, and “Bonillas" gangs have been captured and found to have firearms, police uniforms, cell phones and other items that constitute evidence for prosecution.


The Coast Guard Command—Coguar—has made the phone number of its officer on duty available on duty to shrimp shippers.


Information: Piedrahita Yahira Falquez, Executive Director, Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura, Chambers Business Centre, Francisco de Orellana Avenue and Miguel H. Alcívar, Third Floor 301 Ofic, Guayaquil, Ecuador (fax 593-4-2683017, extension 109, email, webpage


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Source: Email to Shrimp News International from Yahira Piedrahita F.  Subject: Informativo Acuicola—Seguridad Camaronera.  Google Translate.  November 18, 2013.

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