Mexico City

Every Fish, Counts

Technology can help small-scale Mexican fishers organize and improve the value chains of their products and embark on a path of continuous improvement

Atenas Lizarraga

Communication Specialist

Mexico (Santa Rosalía and Ensenada, Baja California)

Odyssey among the seas

Due to the extension of its coastline and the upwelling processes that exist in Baja California, the community of El Rosario is a central point of reference for artisanal fishing. “The work of a fisherman is very noble and for this reason we must take care of what we catch so that it lasts longer,” says Héctor Martínez, Assistant Manager of the Ensenada Fishing Production Cooperative.

With more than 30 years as a cooperative society, the S.C.P. P Ensenada has managed to provide the necessary tools to its staff, as well as participate in community projects, fishing refuge zones and implementation of strategies to achieve fishing sustainability, all this has been possible thanks to its core values  such as community collaboration. Ensanada has worked together with more than 60 partners who have managed to leave a positive mark on the marine ecosystem. The participation of scientists, academics and non-profit organizations has helped determine the tasks and approaches needed to carry out  projects that encompass traditional and scientific knowledge and above all, resilience. 

Ensenada has been  implementing solutions focused on the sustainability of fisheries and food security.One of the projects last year was born out of the ” need to end the embarrassing processes of using paper, napkins, cardboard and individual delivery every 15 days in person,” before I was the only one who recorded the information of the catches, I spent many hours at the end of the month to enter the information in Excel, But when they told us about PescaData, it caught my attention, because everyone uses a cell phone, at this time we do not go out without a phone, even the application works without internet and everyone can register their information automatically,” says Héctor Martínez.

The process for the incorporation of the PescaData application was not easy, at first there was some resistance to the application from older fishermen who initially refused because they were afraid of breaking down the application. However, PescaData, being a collaborative technological tool, facilitated the communication and coordination that this group needed to develop their fishing activities in a simpler and more effective way. 

Héctor Martínez studied Business Administration, and nine years ago he began working in the Ensenada cooperative, a job that has taught  him many  great lessons. Despite not having previous experience in the fishing sector, thanks to his knowledge and the teachings of his colleagues, he has been able to identify the importance of the fishing sector not only for the community of El Rosario, but also for Mexico. Previously, the Ensenada cooperative worked manually, that is, with pen, pencil and paper, filling out logbooks and arrivals, among other administrative processes. However, a few years ago they began to incorporate technology for the better. 

The main intention of using the PescaData application in S.C.P. Ensenada was to have a better digital administration, order and logistics in the cloud. Previously, Hector had to ask each fisherman about their day spent fishing, gathering information by word of mouth about what they caught, to how much, to what they needed in terms of new supplies.  Today Hector manages to know all that information and more from El Tablero de PescaData. This tool allows access to records of fishing activities from each organization so that managers like Hector can view the data and analyze the fishing seasons: “From El Tablero we have identified data that helps us to know why production is high or low, you no longer have to go around asking everyone. With the information they enter there you get it directly here in El Tablero. Before you had to be asking them physically, now they themselves input the information in PescaData and I can check it on my phone.” 

The ability of Hector Martinez and the more than 60 fishermen to work as a team is vital to successfully manage the needs and activities carried out by the fishermen while simultaneously protecting the oceans. Fishing is not about who gets more, it is about who protects more and manages to make each fish count, achieving a balance between nature and human needs and activities. This is how sustainable fishing practices are implemented through the control of fishing records.

Navigators 2.0

A fishing trip requires great effort. Planning begins days and even months ahead of time It requires the mobilization 60 members, distributed across 25 squared kilometers, the renewal of fishing permits and the diagnosis of each boat to make sure they are ready.  Around 80 people from S.C.P.P. Ensenada participate in this process to collect enough lobster, abalone, sea urchin, crab, sea cucumber and 10 types of flake to be sold nationally and in export markets.

“The current is rising, With a dugout canoe and a fishing line, The bareque canoe, To get to the beach” Totó La Momposina – El Pescador

“The day before, either myself or a partner, we prepare the bait that stays in the pickup at night. The next day in the morning we pour the gasoline for the engine, the gasoline for the coral reef, we pour the bait, we get our coolers ready and we wait until they tell us to go out, because we go out as the sun rises, it is not an exact time, between 5:00 and 6:00 in the morning, because we go out to fish.” Oscar Martinez, is a 29 year old man, father of a family and fisherman of the S.C.P.P Ensenada. He has been working for with Ensenada for the past 7 years. Previously, he worked in the maquila of this same cooperative, learning his trade from his father and brother.Often, this kind of work is transmitted from generation to generation. “The first time I went fishing was 7 years ago.At that time I worked fish in nets and crab in traps. I worked the curvina and from 300 or 400 meters before reaching the net you see that it floats, this means that there is something there and you arrive and sometimes they are curvinas or jacks. When you see something caught in the nets you feel the satisfaction, it is the best thing you can see, because you are happy that you are catching something.” 

According to the latest FAO report (2020), in Mexico, there are between 250 and 300 thousand direct jobs derived from artisanal fishing, which contribute to 54% of fish production and about 800 thousand tons of marine product. 

Carlos is one of the 37 young men in charge of registering the catches of all his boat equipment from the PescaData application, at the beginning it was a little difficult for him, but he managed to adopt the application early.People who normally ask for help and advice from others are called early adopters, they are more cautious in the use of technology and for this reason they use the technology in a measured and successful way. It is important to note that both Oscar and the other 37  fishermen responsible for filling out the logs were trained by Hector Martinez and PescaData staff in the use of the application. “It is a sheet of paper that covers 15 days, on which I have to write where you go, at what depth, how much I  caught, how the weather was.” Every third day he recorded the information  in the PescaData application. The species is filled in with both its scientific name and its colloquial name, and if not, there is also a picture. ”Here there is no margin for error, the data is more accurate,” Carlos says. To help achieve an increase in work performance and without leaving anyone behind, the adoption of PescaData by the young people of the S.C.P.P Ensenada has been critical in  facilitating the use of the application. A perceived ease of use was identified and above all the infrastructure of the application was vital to meet the fishermen’s needs

The traditional and technological knowledge of fishing has always gone hand in hand, now with GPS it is much easier to have a weather forecast to know if it is good to go fishing 4 or 5 days in advance. Oscar argues the importance of technology but also of traditional practices that are still latent, these “mañas” as he describes them are accompanied by empirical knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation: “One can be guided with the pure hills, this was taught to me by the people who are older, they did not have the technology that we have now.For example there is a hill that has a white stripe and we all know it as “El Rayado” and from “Rayado” down you go locating, the people and we ourselves are naming them…. For example, when the north hits here it dries your lips a lot, because that kind of air is dry, so when it is hitting you dry your lips a lot and you know that there is north because you are going to have the experience, also when the seagulls are flying at a certain height is that there is going to be wind. ” In other words, the fishermen’s experiences and observations of the environment have helped them to forecast the weather in order to go out fishing responsibly. 

There are different social, political, economic and especially technological changes that have led to the promotion of scientific development for coastal communities. Over the years, we have observed great technological transformations and their impact on fishing. From the S.C.P.P. Ensenada, the use of technology and digitalization has always been for the better, as mentioned by Miguel Bracamontes, fisherman, diver and current representative of aquaculture in the S.C.P. Ensenada. P Ensenada “In the 80’s, the first device we used for fishing was a compass, then we started to use digital watches to mark  the time we were navigating, and with the compass we calculated the courses or the reference points we were going to touch. Then in 1992-1993 the two-meter communication radios arrived and we felt we were able to be more  efficient, and safe when out at sea By the year 2000, digital radios with repeaters arrived, and everyone had a portable handheld radio, much safer than the two-meter radios.Then GPS arrived and revolutionized fishing for better and for worse. It all depends on how you use it, Miguel said, as it is a very useful tool but it has been developed to determine marine points.After that, echo sounders came out, and fishermen started to use echo sounders when we started to fish for flake. Other technologies began to arrive; the telephone arrived, it already has calls, coordinatesand a camera. They are very safe things, so nowadays almost everybody communicates with their cell phones. Now we even have PescaData with COBI, and the fishermen can do the logbook with their phones”, said Miguel Angel. 

The information and communication technology revolution has radically transformed the vision of fishing and its relationship with the environment. From this idea of an integral and technological world, it is important to emphasize, as Miguel Bracamontes mentions, the use and benefit of technology, since it is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it helps us to continue to achieve the sustainability of small-scale fisheries and on the other hand, the inappropriate use of technology can also be detrimental to fisheries. 

According to a report on knowledge transfer, young people dedicated to fishing are the users who have the closest approach to technology, since the usability, interaction and relationship with new applications has become a substantial component in the present to acquire knowledge, digitized interaction and constructivist strategies for collaboration.

Miguel Angel Bracamontes was one of the first users to test the PescaData application. Thanks to his comments, it was possible to further refine the application, identify errors and improve the user experience. Miguel Bracamontes addresses the interaction of fishermen with the application, and identifies that as young fishermen gain confidence in the handling of the application, the knowledge and use of the application is progressive and their interaction improves. 

Ensenada determined the strategy of setting up groups of young people responsible for using the application and recording the logs of each vessel to which they belong. This decision was made seeing as how the young fishermen  are the users with greater  digital skills “We want to change the methodology and accustom the new generations to learning  how to use technology, which is a very important tool since it streamlines everything.” 

In the Ensenada cooperative every fish counts. It is a collective effort made among colleagues, who have jointly integrated all the needs and services of fishing in the fishing value network. For the Ensenada cooperative, it is important to inspire other people by sharing how they see life in the sea,  showing people how to be friendly with the sea, to take care of it and to carry out sustainability strategies for fishing.

Community monitoring

“Look Atenas, from here my husband and I can see when the pangas come, that’s when we grab our gear and head to the port to start monitoring the fishing,” says Jackqueline Fernandez from the balcony of her home in Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur. 

Jackqueline is 27 years old and is a community monitor, mother, wife and proud descendant of a fishing family. From a very young age she realized the importance of fishing for her family from her parents and grandparents who depended on fishing for their livelihoods. Now, as the mother of two young children and wife of a fisherman, she has the important mission of helping the people who are dedicated to fishing in Santa Rosalía understand how to  be responsible stewards of the environment. “One of my jobs is to tell people about the correct size of fish and that they should not catch such small fish, because that way they are damaging production,” says Jackqueline. 

Jackqueline is in charge of giving training talks on sustainable fishing each day. She gives out information pamphlets on fish sizes and records the digital logbooks of Santa Rosalía’s fishermen. Becoming a fishing monitor has been one of the most important achievements for her, because despite being from a family of fishermen, she did not know much about topics such as fish size, types of fishing, closed seasons, climate change, fishing productivity and the impact of ghost nets, among others things that she has learned.  Jackqueline seeks to transmit this knowledge to fisherpeople in order to raise awareness about the negative impacts of unsustainable fishing practices and how to avoid them. 

Jackqueline’s work is focused on the recovery of health oceans. Using the PescaData application has helped her to know in the first instance the type of species that are extracted in Santa Rosalía. She has learned the minimum and maximum size of fish for harvest and she has been able to identify the best seasons in which to fish. She also  keeps track of expenses, consumption and inputs of each fisherman in Santa Rosalía. The first day she used the application, she managed to enter 30 logs in two days. Now after 10 months of using the application, Jacqueline takes only five minutes to register a log; “In the application it is easier to register and you have a backup. On paper it can get wet and you lose all the information. With the application, you can use any cell phone to register the information and it is no longer lost, because the information is automatically saved,” emphasizes Jackqueline pointing out the ease of using PescaData on her cell phone. 

Since 2021, Jackqueline’s life and the life of her family has transformed. Together with her husband, Julio César, they have managed to inspire more fishermen to find new ways to improve, care for and raise awareness about the health of the oceans. Together they work as a team and promote gender equality at sea. While Jackqueline keeps the logbooks, Julio works and supports the fishermen of Santa Rosalía, from pre-boarding (cleaning the panga, preparing ice and repairing fishing gear),to boarding (loading materials and equipment into the pangas), to production; ( going out fishing and enjoying the sea).

For Julio, fishing is his upbringing. Fishing is in his blood, not only because he comes from a family of fishermen but also because it is what he enjoys doing the most: “fishing was what raised me since before I can remember.Since I was 6 years old I had to learn to fish, although I had no studies I learned a lot about fishing. The first fish I caught was a jack mackerel of 22 kilos. I caught it with a mackerel bait when there was a permit for mackerel at 60 fathoms. From a young ageI had to learn to catch such a big animal to get ahead with my family.” Like his wife Jackqueline, it is fundamental for Julio to take care of the environment and to take care of fishing. Carrying out activities such as weighing and size marking help to show his fellow fishermen that they must ensure  better management of their resources. “We have to stop being predators, because when we are predators we don’t let the fish grow. We will finish the supply and the only thing we will find will be stones.” 

Jackqueline and Julio fulfill an important mission in their community, as they help all people dedicated to fishing acquire a basic understanding of environmental care and the health of the oceans, promoting respect for minimum sizes to ensure the balance of the seas and contributing to the sustainable production of fishery resources. 

20 kilometers from Santa Rosalía is a small fishing community called San Bruno, where fishing work is vital to the daily life of the Romero family, who have been dedicated to fishing for more than three decades, and run a cooperative called Hermanos Romero. Everything starts the day before– Abraham’s wife makes the lunch that her husband will take to work very early in the morning, the Romero brothers check the necessary tools for the next day and especially check the weather.In case of wind they can not go out. 

At 4:00 a.m. the Romero brothers get ready to start fishing. They prepare their equipment, check the nets, motors and tools necessary to start the day. They are accompanied by other family members to take the panga in a truck andunload it at the dock. Abraham Romero is the youngest of the Romero brothers.His uncle and brother were the ones who taught him to fish when he was 10 years old. Despite not having finished his studies, he is an example for the entire community of San Bruno, as he inspires not only his children but the community for having perseverance and courage at sea. “What I like most is diving. I feel more opportunity to walk under the water than above.As soon as I dive I start to feel the adrenaline, I look at the beauty that is under the sea and  I feel even happier when I capture something.”Abraham’s work is one of the trades that requires the greatest skill, normally 20 liter oxygen tanks are used to perform these functions, however, he does his fishing without using a tank and relying on hoses to hold his breath at a depth of 5 strokes. 

The Romero brothers’ cooperative is made up not only of men, but also of women, whose role is indispensable in the entire fishing community. When the fishermen return from fishing, between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon, they disembark and the fishing monitoring begins., Abraham’s niece, Denia Romero is in charge. She is a 19 year old woman, who collaborates together with her uncles to measure and weigh each species brought in from the day’s fishing. Before using the PescaData application, Denia used a notebook to write down the daily production record. Denia has been using the application for a year now and points out that “the process has been easier and more practical.My uncles are seeing everything they spend and how much product they take each season.They are controlling everything because they see the control from the logbook.”

Training as a fishing monitor has allowed Denia to learn more about  caring for the sea, identifying the minimum and maximum weight and size of fish to improve production and prevent them from being overfished. Likewise, she has been able to help her uncles with her knowledge in PescaData to learn about the species, administration and control of expenses, production logistics and fishing season forecasts. “Each fish counts” is a moto that is consolidated in these communities with the application of these sustainable practices, made possible by the PescaData app. 

Collective inspiration

Fundación Hagamos Más is a non-profit civil association with more than 14 years of experience working in sustainable fisheries development through the support of productive options and the promotion of social welfare. The organization is located in Santa Rosalía, Baja California Sur. Currently, together with ECOWB, they are working on a project called “Sustainable Fisheries in the Santa Rosalía- Mulegé corridor.”This plan is responsible for creating awareness to recover the health of the oceans, as well as scaling  small-scale fishing to a more competitive level. 

To achieve this, the foundation has made significant efforts for and in  the community. Their first steps were to identify the main problems in  the sector and direct the fishing activity towards increasing their sustainability practices. In addition, they also worked to recognize the most important commercial products of the corridor, namely jack mackerel, snappers and cabrillos. 

Following this analysis, they set up a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP). “It is a multi-stakeholder effort to address the environmental challenges of a fishery. These projects use the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes towards sustainability of fisheries and try to make these changes last through policy changes” (Guidelines for the Support of Fishery Improvement Projects, 2022).

These programs and projects are headed by Alma Colorado Betanzos – Director of Fundación Hagamos Más, who together with ECOWB, a non-governmental organization and specialists in fishing sustainability, set out to obtain a FIP in favor of the coastal communities of Santa Rosalía, San Bruno, San Lucas and Heroica de Múgele. “When the pre-evaluation is done, everything comes out in red and you say, ‘it’s wrong.It is not wrong. simply and simply that fishing in the community has always been controlled by  the government and each administration is losing information. So the red did not mean that the fishermen were doing it wrong, it meant that there was no one collecting the information,” Alma said.

Alma and her team decided to focus on teaching, researching and obtaining the FIP by giving the necessary tools to over 400 fishermen, in order to strengthen employment and raise their awareness to work as a team on certification. The passion for improving the welfare of the fishing sector led Alma to new fields that were unknown to her.She discovered new ways of working inside and outside the extraction of the fish product. For this reason, and as a first approach, they made the strategy of contacting wives and women within the fishery value network to invite them to be part of the fishery monitoring group. This is how both Jackie and Denia became part of this strategy. 

One of the fundamental pillars for this project has been the use of the PescaData application. “We were looking to know how the fishermen could know if their day was productive, if that journey of so many hours was really worth their effort, and when we found PescaData we found everything,” said Alma. Using the PescaData application with the support of a fishery monitoring group has helped to obtain a FIP, while also generating information for better planning, evaluation and control of operations within the business lines based on expenses and sales. 

The coastal communities of the Santa Rosalía-Mulege corridor have demonstrated throughout this first year that no tide, storm or pandemic can stop them.iWth the support of the Hagamos Más Foundation, government institutions and academia, they have managed to understand the importance of working collaboratively to inspire more fishing families. “The fishing sector goes through many things.Sometimes you see in their eyes the hopelessness, because they believe that nothing is possible and that what they do is going to end or they will fish all their lives and they do not know what their future is. So the fact that they trust us, that they come and sit here in front of us and tell us that they agree with the project, that they support us by participating, that they support us by answering surveys, that they take their time when they arrive tired from a day’s work and that they allow us to have someone taking a logbook and asking them to fill out a catch, that is worth the effort for us,” Alma says.

Day by day, coastal communities face different problems such as climate change, deficits in fishing operations, lack of knowledge about the population dynamics of speciesand high rates of habitat destruction, to mention a few. However, through environmental awareness, social responsibility and the daily efforts of Fundación Hagamos Más as well as the people dedicated to fishing within the entire fishing value network, small but valuable changes have been made.

Bonds of Hope

I have arrived Yucatan to fly your maps so divine,

I have arrived Yucatan to sing to your loves your forgetfulness,

I have come Yucatan to discover your flowers so beautiful,

to be inspired by your beauty, to give you my sadness when you blow over the sea.

I discovered Yucatan – Natalia La Forcade

The community of Progreso in Yucatan is located 3,267 kilometers from Santa Rosalia, an example community for fishing and exports of Octopus maya, better known as the Mayan octopus. “This state contributes more than 65% of the national production of Mayan octopus, consolidating it as a strong exponent in its production and manufacture, exporting 70% mainly to Europe and Japan.” (COBI, 2021)

Founded in the 80’s” by Don Jesus Manuel Gutierrez Aguilar, Promarmex Packing House began by selling fishmeal, then fresh fish and is currently one of the most internationally recognized companies in the export of octopus.

The process has not been easy, especially with the arrival of the pandemic in early 2020, in which they had to demonstrate their resilience and become better organized in order to continue working. However, with the support of their families and workers, they have managed to provide a quality service. “Everyone who works in this company, from the cleaner to the manager, all of them are the pillars of Promarmex,” says Don Jesus Manuel. 

They use a traditional fishing method called jimba, in which, once the octopus is caught, it is placed in a tubular bag with ice. Each bag contains 15 kilos of fresh octopus.

Once the transport arrives with the product in ice and bagged, it enters directly into a stainless steel drainer and immediately goes through the product quality review process.  It is classified according to size, color, odor, texture and temperature. In fact, it is a very detailed review that involves identifying the absence of fuel odor or the presence of any foreign material. The next step is to weigh the product, after which it is taken to the ice storage area, where about 400 kg of product is stored in each ice cooler. The next phase is called the second inspection. More than 20 women carefully recheck each part of the octopus and verify that the evisceration has been carried out correctly. It is here where the sense of smell and sight is indispensable to be able to touch and observe that the product complies with the established terms. This team of women takes approximately 30 minutes to examine one ton of product. Undoubtedly the experience and hands of these women play a very important role in quality control.

Once the octopus is selected, the next step is to be classified by commercial sizes and weighed by the hands of women dedicated to this trade. María Aurora is responsible for this process. She started working at Promarmex when she was 18 years old, “here the work is of quality, I like everything, I feel comfortable working here, because all the equipment we need is provided to us,” says María.

Thanks to this work, María Aurora has managed to get ahead, supporting her family and obtaining training that has allowed her to become even more professional at her job. She also likes to teach new hires: “I like to teach the ladies who come in and don’t know how to do it, so that they can continue learning. Just as I was taught when I came in, I like them to learn”.

The product is weighed in plastic trays, which have a polyethylene mesh to better protect it.  After weighing, the octopus trays are placed on shelves and the freezing process begins. Due to the strength and weight of the materials involved, this step is carried out mainly by men. The racks are kept in freezers so that the temperature of the product drops from -20°C to -35°C for 24 hours. This is followed by the packaging/labeling process, which involves about 16 men, 4 men per rack, who effectively remove the frozen product from the tray and place it in boxes, which contain two trays and is then taped closed. The boxes are placed on pallets to be packed and marked with the production lot, and then the pallet is placed in the cannery, a storage room where the temperature is maintained at less than -18°C. The product has a shelf life of up to 24 months, during which a random monthly monitoring is carried out to determine the internal temperature and sensory characteristics of the product. Finally, in the shipping process, the packing and freezing supervisor will check that the thermoking has been previously cooled to -18°C before shipment, and that the box is clean and free of foreign odors.

Within the freezing, packing and production process, Gabriel Covarrubias is responsible for verifying that this production chain is carried out in the most optimal and safe manner, “we all depend on each other’s work. If there is a problem in production, it will obviously be reflected in our work. Here we all have to be aware of our work, but also of the work of the next person, so as not to leave a problem,” says Gabriel Covarrubias.

Gabriel Covarrubias has been working at Promarmex for 26 years. He has had the opportunity to move up through the ranks. He points out that for Promarmex the care of product quality, product conservation and constant training of personnel have been critical to maintaining the plant, “basically it is important that we are aware of our work. The products we generate go to the end consumer. We have to ensure that our products have an adequate quality for the consumer, because at the end of the day we are also consumers.”When the shipment is made, the warehouseman, quality control specialist, sales operator and exporter must have a list of the product to be shipped and be coordinated to do it in the fastest, most orderly and careful way.

Every day, to ensure that these processes comply with the established requirements, Denisse Zapata, who has been working at Promarmex for 15 years, carries out a series of steps that help verify that the product is of a high-quality standard. “I received training to carry out audits. I like it a lot. I have opportunities to improve myself. I have been sent to another country for training and they give me opportunities for training courses. They always place me at the forefront of all the good things that are coming,” Denisse says with great enthusiasm.

Being at the forefront, as Denisse points out, implies having the necessary tools and machinery, as well as the implementation of digitalization in the fishing sector. To this end, they decided to join an octopus FIP in the hope of demonstrating their commitment to sustainability through concrete actions such as the health of the target species, ecosystem health, and effective product management. The digitalization of quality control processes has allowed Promarmex, through PescaData, to have more precise control over the products, save time and contribute to traceability.

For the fisheries monitoring stage, Promarmex has the support of Viviana Pech, who is in charge of uploading the fishing logs. “By using the PescaData application we see more organization, there is greater control of inputs such as bait, ice, diesel and especially any extra expenses they may have,” says Viviana.

Thanks to the use of the PescaData application, the company Promarmex has been able to record data from the type of vessel, date of arrival and departure, to the biometric data for fish, sex, bait registration and control of inputs. In addition to that, the use of El Tablero has allowed them to look back on all the date they collect each month. “We have a compilation of all our data where everything is already stored, you just download a file and it is really easy to use and to access and it is really very useful because it is data that if sometimes we forget to write down, we can download it and have it at the immediatly,” adds Viviana. Viviana indicates that the whole Promarmex team is very willing to participate in the octopus FIP and this has helped them to carry out a more detailed monitoring.

Innovation requires reflection on the part of the fishing sector and the identification of the problems that need to be addressed. Currently, we have required the accelerated development of competencies that allow us to interact with electronic and digital devices. This is why it is important to meet the digital needs of the fishing sector. Using this technology means we can more easily achieve the sustainability of fisheries. Today more than ever we know the importance of the use of digital tools that have allowed us to access knowledge, facilitate our daily work and connect with other people to share experiences.

In these stories, we recognize the people who work to preserve and enhance sustainable communities. These stories are examples of the enormous work being done in the fishing sector. We hope that this commitment and effort inspires us to action to ensure that every person, every catch, every process that is carried out counts towards the conservation of resources and the promotion of a more responsible fishing sector, because with PescaData, every fish counts.