Ecuador’s quest for separate free trade agreements with neighboring Chile and Canada may present increased export opportunities for the South American nation’s shrimp producers.

The search for accords with both nations has captured the attention of the Ecuadorian media.

Chile and Canada may be small fry in the overall big picture of Ecuadorian shrimp exports but they are growing markets.

Shipments of shrimp to Chile in the first 10 months of this year climbed 21 percent to 5.8