EL SALVADOR - About 30 industrial vessels fishing for shrimp in national waters have been inspected by representatives of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to determine whether or not it meets international standards on the right use of turtle excluder devices (TED's).
So far, the industrial fishing sector in El Salvador has been certified for 17 continuous years and each year, faces a technical inspection by NOAA, who determines whether the sector protects sea ??turtles.
This certification from this latest assessment will now last two years, which means that fishing exports to the US will be fluid, depending on the results of the inspection.
NOAA is a scientific agency of the U.S. Commerce Department and its work focuses on assessing the conditions of the oceans and the atmosphere.
"The purpose of inspections is to verify that the fishermen are complying with the standards set internationally about the proper use of TED's," said Mr Gustavo Portillo, Director of the Centre for Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture (CENDEPESCA), under the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG).
"This year is very important for both the commercial fishing industry, and the government, as the NOAA arranged to certify or de-certify for two years."
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