Manta Still Recovering from Earthquake

Tuna industry leader calls for more attention to aftermath of the April 17 tragedy


MANTA, Ecuador – May 16, 2016 – It’s been one month since a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Manta, Ecuador – the tuna capital of the Western Hemisphere, and home of Tri Marine’s large-scale tuna processing company, Seafman.  The tragic natural disaster claimed the lives of 600 people and thousands were left homeless.

“As an industry that relies on this region and has deep ties to the community  of Manta, it is important  that we not forget about the lingering needs of the region,” said Ramon Sierra, General Manager of Seafman. “While our facility was severely affected, our primary concern is for the workers and families that rely upon tuna for their livelihoods."

The damage resulting from the earthquake stopped production at Seafman for two weeks.

“It was a proud moment for our company to see employees and management courageously and tirelessly come together and clean up the debris, making the critical repairs to restart production, minimizing delays to promised shipments that helped restore some semblance of routine to lives forever changed by the catastrophic earthquake,”  Sierra added.


While Seafman was not processing at the time the April 17 quake hit, there were people in the plant preparing for the next load of fish to be processed. While one of those employees recovers from injuries sustained during the earthquake, the company has guaranteed that a job will be waiting for him when he

is ready to return to work.  Tri Marine has also set up a

Seafman Family fund to help any employee who was

injured or impacted by the quake, and hopes others in       Damage at Seafman following earthquake.


 

the industry and with interests in the region will consider supporting  the much-needed  aid effort.

 

 

With more than 1,500 employees, more than 80 lost their homes, nearly 900 had partial damage to their homes, and more than 300 are currently living in shelters or with relatives and friends. To date, Seafman is also aware of 23 deaths related to employees and nearly 80 injuries.

 

 

To bring some of these statistics  to life, the company has asked permission to share some of the personal stories of its employees (below). The company is matching all donations made to its Seafman Family fund. It also encourages those who are moved to make a difference to consider donating either to its fund or to one of the other organizations listed below who are on the

ground in Manta.

 

 

 


Mirian Cecilia Alvia Alonzo

 

 

Position at Seafman: Quality

Control

 

 

Loss: Family and her home (home collapsed)

 

 

Martha Cecilia Moreira Pibaque Position at Seafman: Production Loss: Home


Ramón Lizardo Cantos Macías

 

 

Position at Seafman: Fish preparation

 

Loss: Home severely damaged

 

 

 

Nixon Jorey Vilela Reyes

 

 

Position at Seafman: Sanitation

 

 

Loss: Home


Seida Mariana Mero Vélez

 

 

Position at Seafman: Home destroyed

 

Loss: Home destroyed

 

 

 

 

Silvana Lourdes Reyes Vásquez Position at Seafman: Fish Cleaner Loss: Home


 

 

 

Manta Earthquake Relief Organizations

 

 

Rotary Club of Manta BANCO DE GUAYAQUIL  SWIFT CODE: GUAYECEGXXX 

BENEFICIARY: DISTRITO 4400 DE ROTARY INTERNATIONAL  ACCOUNT NUMBER: 41233184

 

Samaritan’s Purse

Fund specifically for the Ecuador earthquake

 

Catholic Relief Services

This is a fund specifically for the Ecuador earthquake

 

Seafman Families

BENEFICIARY BANK: PRODUBANCO AV. AMAZONAS N35-211 Y JAPON SWIFT CODE: PRODECEQ BENEFICIARY:  SEAFMAN

SAVINGS ACCOUNT NO: 12303096018

 

ABOUT Tri Marine

Tri Marine is a recognized leader in fishing, processing and distributing high-quality tuna products to the world’s markets. The company focuses on quality, sustainability, innovation and customer satisfaction. As a socially responsible operator, Tri Marine has chosen to invest in the communities closest to fishery resources. Together with its workforce of over 5,000 employees, Tri Marine is committed to all of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders for the long term. For more information, visit www.trimarinegroup.com.