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.
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."
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
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
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 Joﬀrey Vilela Reyes
Position at Seafman: Sanitation
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
Fund speciﬁcally for the Ecuador earthquake
Catholic Relief Services
This is a fund speciﬁcally for the Ecuador earthquake
BENEFICIARY BANK: PRODUBANCO AV. AMAZONAS N35-211 Y JAPON SWIFT CODE: PRODECEQ BENEFICIARY: SEAFMANSAVINGS 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.