Gulf of California Central Sonora Artisanal Shrimp
Fishery Improvement Project
Last update: November 2012
Species: Pacific blue shrimp (Litopenaeus stylirostris)
FIP Scope/Scale: Regional
- Request the development and implementation of a management plan
- Request the legal verification of fishing gear
- Improve the landings registry and provide information to INAPESCA for stocks evaluations
- Request regulation updated regulations from the fisheries agencies
- Collaborate with INAPESCA on defining proper gear configuration
- Evaluate environmental impacts of the fishery, including bycatch extent and composition and habitat impact
- Improve fisheries management to eliminate IUU landing
- Explore the potential for MSC certification
- Union Regional Guaymas-Empalme
- Instituto Nacional de la Pesca (INAPESCA)
- Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca (CONAPESCA)
- Sonora State Government
- MSC pre-assessment visits were conducted by MRAG-Americas.
- MRAG-Americas started preparing the pre-assessment report, SFP started to collect and send available public information.
- MSC pre-assessment draft report was sent to SFP for review. SFP continued to provide information.
- SFP conducted meetings with producers and local government to present the MSC pre-assessment report and start the FIP process.
- Unión Regional Guaymas-Empalme, a producers association, agreed to participate in the FIP process, with the objectives mentioned above and the following strategic actions:
- SFP, with WWF and Pronatura (a Mexican environmental organization), contracted MRAG-Americas to develop a chain of custody for the different artisanal shrimp FIPs in order to reduce IUU and improve landings records.
- FIP conducted meetings with INAPESCA and CIBNOR to develop the research protocol to evaluate the fishery’s environmental impacts to be implemented during the 2011–12 season.
- INAPESCA-Guaymas and local producers implemented a bycatch monitoring program to identify the species and volume composition.
- CONAPESCA updated the fishery regulation, Mexican Official Standard (NOM-002), and published it for public comment.
- INAPESCA-Guaymas and local producers implemented a bycatch monitoring program to identify the species and volumes composition. This was a continuation of the bycatch monitoring program started in 2011.
- Detailed workplan for 2012 publicly available.
- Report on the fishery environmental impacts finished by INAPESCA and CIBNOR with the following highlights:
- CONAPESCA published in August 2012 the Carta Nacional Pesquera 2012 with the stocks status report.
- Management plan development process started with an initial meeting in late September.
- INAPESCA/CIBNOR final report translated to English and publicly available.
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FIP Contact : If you would like more information about the FIP or wish to support the FIP, please contact SFP