Philippine Blue Swimming Crab
Fishery Improvement Project
Last update: July 2013
Species: blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus)
FIP Scope/Scale: Fishery level
Fishery Location: Philippines
The FIP for the Philippine blue swimming crab (BSC) is industry driven, with the Philippine Association of Crab Processors, Inc. (PACPI) playing a leading role. SFP was involved during the initial scoping and initiation phases of the project and continues to play a role in supporting the FIP by providing technical advice at PACPI’s and NFI Crab Council’s request.
Recent reporting for the project can be found at http://www.philcrab.com/.
The operation of the FIP is independent from SFP, but details of the fishery can be found on FishSource along with monitoring and evaluation of the improvement project. Details of the SE Asia Blue Swimming Crab Roundtable can be found at www.sustainablefish.org.
FIP Contact: If you would like more information about, or wish to support, please contact PACPI (Haydee Ann Montoya).
History of the FIP: In 2008, the processors and exporters formed the Philippine Association of Crabs Processors, Inc. (PACPI), whose members represent about 90 percent of the total Philippine crab export. PACPI invited SFP, upon request of the NFI Crab Council, to provide insights and advice on fishery sustainability, drawing on the example from the FIP development process established by APRI in Indonesia. SFP assisted PACPI in the development of their detailed proposal and workplan for a BSC sustainability program. Currently, SFP is acting as technical support to PACPI, also at the request of the NFI Crab Council. SFP also helps link PACPI to individuals or teams whose expertise is relevant to PACPI’s activities.
SFP is also actively supporting the Bureau of Fishery and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) toward successful implementation of the Philippine BSC Management Plan. Among the goals of the management plan are to implement a minimum legal size of 10.2 cm, ban the catching and trade of juvenile crabs, and provide a platform for more research and stock assessment that will support resource sustainability.
PACPI increasingly assumed leadership, taking on full responsibility early in 2013. Click here for a summary of the previous FIP reports, including a history of progress updates from 2008 through early 2013.