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Ecuador looks to prevent overfishing with end of industrial drift net fishing

QUITO, Ecuador -- Ecuador will end industrial drift-net fishing starting Dec. 15, authorities said Wednesday.

President Rafael Correa said the measure was aimed at reducing overfishing by large vessels, which ends up reducing the catch available to smaller, more sustainable fishing operations.

The leftist president, an economist by training, also said the government would offer “alternatives” for those economically impacted by the changes. Ecuador has about 4,200 industrial fishing operations but 26,000 small-scale ones.

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