This seafood receiving company was founded in 1986 by Luis Antonio Herrera (Don Chino), who was a fisher for many years of his life. The company started out small, with local contacts, but quickly expanded until it was soon selling its product throughout the country, and became recognized for its faithful service to its clients and providers. Since 2009, the company has sold its product to the DWT-Total Seafood plant, which processes fish products for Auto Mercado. Don Chino collects responsible fishing products from a group of artisanal fishers from the Costa de Pájaros community, and has participated in the fish product traceability program since 2013.
Since his youth, Manrique Álvarez was a fisherman who wished to start his own business. Since 2002, he and his wife, Mónica Villalobos, have been selling fish products through Cama-Pez de la Costa. The company currently has a receiving center and a small processing plant. Cama-Pez has made an important commitment with respect to good fishing practices. The company works with a group of artisanal fishers from the community of Costa de Pájaros that implement responsible fishing practices. Cama-Pez is currently a provider to the Z&M Corporation, and has actively participated in the fish product traceability program since 2013.
APAHI is an organization comprised of fishers from the Hicaco community, located in the province of Varaguas, south of the Gulf of Montijo, Panama. It was founded in 2010, thanks to a program run by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA). This initiative, coupled with the support of the Authority of the Aquatic Resources of Panama (ARAP), has allowed the organization to build a receiving center and purchase 15 ships. In 2012, it forged a partnership with the MarViva Foundation, with the goal of training its staff in fishing topics and responsible consumption in order to improve its company profile. To this day, the association counts with the participation of 28 active members. Thanks to this partnership, and according to a fish monitoring program, APAHI has decreased the capture of sharks and rays from 80% to just 5%, and currently respects the minimum size at first maturity of the fish captures. With the support of corporate clients such as the Ciudad de David Hotel and the Mykonos Hotel, the group is also in the process of transforming its fishing fleet, 92% of which currently uses methods such as 3 and 3.5 inch gill nets, to more selective techniques such as suripera nets and bottom longlines with circle hooks, leaving gillnets as a secondary method. This is expected to be achieved within two years, due to the required investments.
The Red de Frío, in Bahía Solano, is an association comprised of four associations: Sabor a Mar, Gaviotas, Pez Bahía and Maná. The Red has established a value chain with Wok, which is safeguarded by a trade agreement. In 2014, they celebrated five years of relationship, which has been increasingly strengthened thanks to the efforts of both parties and the accompaniment of MarViva.
Fish Mare is a fishing company that is viewed as the leading organization in a network of responsible fishers in the Gulf of Tribugá. With the support of MarViva, Fish Mare is currently consolidating a value chain that begins in two communities that are overcoming adverse conditions thanks to financial and technical support provided by nongovernmental and state organizations. Fishing groups in the communities of Arusí and Jurubirá provide fish to Fish Mare, and are part of a network of responsible fishers that comply with fishing criteria and related policy.