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Ecuador Legal Highlights (Volume I 2013)

Latin American Region Environmental Report, Volume I 2013 

Ecuador Approves Mariculture Project Permit Application Form

Registro Oficial February 1, 2013: Acuerdo No. 140

On February 1, 2013, Ecuador’s Ministry of the Environment published Acuerdo 140, regulating mariculture projects. Under Acuerdo 140, all mariculture projects must be consistent with the National System of Protected Areas, Protected Forests or State Forests. (Art. 3) Acuerdo 140 establishes a streamlined management plan form for small-scale mariculture projects declared to have "low environmental impact." (Art. 1) Operators of shellfish projects greater than 10 hectares and all fish-cage installations are required to obtain an environmental permit. (Arts. 2, 5) Acuerdo 140 also provides for a temporary environmental permit for pilot mariculture projects. (Art. 6) The National Fisheries Institute will maintain a list of species approved for marine cultivation. (Art. 7)

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About this Author

Russell Fraker, Environmental Attorney, Beveridge Diamond Washington, DC

Russell Fraker has broad, multi-jurisdictional experience with air, biosafety, chemical, product stewardship, waste, and water laws.

Russell represents clients in domestic and international environmental matters, predominantly through compliance counseling on regulatory regimes affecting facilities and products.

Latin America

Russell has worked throughout the Americas and has particularly deep experience in Brazil and Canada. As a member of the firm’s Latin America practice, he assists companies with a wide range of compliance issues across the...