Ecuador welcomes shrimp monitoring
ECUADOR has welcomed the inclusion of shrimp into the US Seafood Import Monitoring Programme, after the passing of legislation. José Antonio Camposano, executive president of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador, said: ‘We are very pleased to see the announcement that shrimp will be added to the US monitoring programme, as we firmly believe it’s time for responsible producers to stand up in favour of strong standards and improved traceability in the seafood industry.
‘All consumers deserve access to the highest quality products and through this programme, US consumers will have improved knowledge and access to shrimp produced to the highest environmental and social standards.’
Camposano said that the shrimp sector in Ecuador is leading a new antibiotic-free initiative which will further improve the region’s position as a provider of premium shrimp. Some 91 per cent of seafood consumption in the US comes from imported products, 25 per cent of which is shrimp.
Ecuador is the third largest shrimp supplier to the US and the main supplier to the European Union. It also exports large quantities to Asian markets.