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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 Law Firm

Russell Fraker's practice encompasses environmental regulatory issues associated with facilities and products, both domestically and internationally.  He has significant experience with air, waste, contaminated site, biosafety, and product stewardship laws.

Proficient in Portuguese and Spanish, Mr. Fraker has worked in several Central and South American countries.  As a member of the Firm’s Latin American practice group, he advises clients on regulatory issues in the region, with a particular focus on Brazilian environmental laws.