Ocean Witness JuliánGulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador
Julián Marcial was born and raised on ‘Isla Escalante’, a small island in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador. As a fisherman using stake nets, he applies a technique that has been used to catch shrimp for generations. Passionate about sustainable fishing, Julián participated in a pilot project of WWF Ecuador in 2016 that assessed a rights-based management system for the artisanal shrimp fishery that benefits both the fishery and the coastal ecosystem. With success: in July 2020 the Ecuadorian government announced a decree that allows WWF to work side by side with the local fishermen and authorities to formalize the artisanal shrimp fishery in the Gulf of Guayaquil. Here, a dedicated Ocean Witness shares his story.