The Republic of Ecuador has been a FiTI Candidate Country since December 2022.

With a coastline of almost 3,000 km, Ecuador’s marine fisheries sector plays a pivotal role in fulfilling the economic, employment, food security, and nutrition needs of its citizens.

Ecuador is also the 6th largest fishing nation in Latin America and the Caribbean (based on catch volume, 2022) and the 2nd largest exporter of fishery commodities in the Americas, after Chile.

Commitment to implement the FiTI:11 March 2022
FiTI Lead Ministry:Vice-Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture
FiTI National Lead:Mr. Isidro Andrade, Policy Director
Contact within the FiTI International Secretariat:Mr Nicolás Rovegno
National implementation partner(s):Conservation International – Ecuador

Candidate application

The FiTI International Board approved Ecuador’s Candidate application on 5 December 2022. The official documents were submitted by Mr Andrés Arens Hidalgo, Vice-Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Ecuador on 24 November 2022.

FiTI Reports

Ecuador’s first FiTI Report, covering calendar year 2022, is due by December 2023.


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Relevant posts

  • Ecuador becomes first FiTI Candidate Country in the Americas
    The FiTI International Board is pleased to announce that Ecuador has been approved as the fourth FiTI Candidate Country globally, and the first in the Americas. The country’s Candidacy Application was discussed and reviewed by the FiTI Board, which noted that Ecuador had been the fastest country to complete the process from the commitment to the candidacy stage.
  • Results of TAKING STOCK assessment: Government transparency of Ecuador’s marine fisheries
    11 November 11, 2022. How transparent is Ecuador’s marine fisheries sector? We answered this question today by publishing the findings of our TAKING STOCK assessment, evaluating the level of information that Ecuador’s national authorities publish on government websites regarding the country’s marine fisheries sector.
  • Ecuador launches its FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group, the first in Latin America
    Manta, 30 September 2022. Representatives of public sector institutions, the commercial fishing sector (industrial and artisanal) and civil society met today to launch the National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) of the FiTI in Ecuador. This launch was led by the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries (MPCEIP), through the Vice-Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries (VAP).
  • Ecuador joins FiTI!
    11 March 2022. Ecuador sets a new precedent by becoming the first country in Latin America to join the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI). This public commitment was announced today by the Vice-Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Andrés Arens J.D., at an event organized by the Ecuadorian Government in the city of Manta.
  • Ecuador takes an important step towards joining the FiTI
    Manta – 26 August 2021. Upon invitation from the Vice-Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries of Ecuador (VMAF) numerous stakeholders from the fisheries sector attended the workshop ‘Socialization of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) with the public and private fisheries sector in Ecuador’.
  • ‘TAKING STOCK – Online Transparency of Fisheries Management Information’ assessments in Latin America
    The FiTI has announced that it will support fisheries authorities in Mexico, Ecuador and Peru in their transparency efforts by conducting a comprehensive baseline assessment of the level of public information available on their marine fisheries sectors.
  • High-level webinar with the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS)
    On 14 October 2020 we conducted a high-level webinar on “Fisheries in the time of COVID-19: Challenges and perspectives for sustainable fisheries in South America”, in collaboration with the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS).