- Date: May 01, 2007
In the Galapagos Islands, the women of Isabela Island's Pescado Azul "Blue Fish" Women's Cooperative have been awarded the United Nation's Equator Prize. Five winners were selected from over 300 nominations from 70 countries. The prize recognizes extraordinary work to diminish poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. The prize, awarded biennially since 2002, serves to further advance the understanding within the global community of the vital link between healthy, biologically diverse environments and the creation of sustainable livelihoods. WWF nominated Blue Fish for the award. In collaboration with Wildaid, WWF has supported this cooperative for several years with the provision of technical assistance, training and funding.
Founded in 2001 by a small group of entrepreneurial women in the remote village of Puerto Villamil, Blue Fish produces exceptional smoked tuna from legally caught yellowfin and blue-eye tuna, smoked with guava wood. The cooperative promotes alternative use of marine resources and helps control invasive plant species, building on the belief that the vitality of the Galapagos Islands depends on creating environmentally friendly economic opportunities for its residents.
"We are doing more than just making a product to sell. We're also helping women work outside the home, providing opportunities to make money and become involved in the community"
-Emma Flor, president of the Pescado Azul Women's Cooperative