Over the past decade, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has been deeply involved in several fishery improvement projects in Mexico, some of which involve fisheries that intend to pursue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. These fisheries, and a few others that have already been certified, have implemented voluntary measures to meet certification standards (e.g., improved landings data collection, compliance monitoring). This work has revealed a need for general policy improvement at the national level, to ensure these improvements are permanent and also implemented in non-certified fisheries. Consequently, technical experts are working to identify a set of common policy recommendations that need to be addressed to improve management and fisheries data collection in all Mexican fisheries. While promoting improvements in policy will be most effectively undertaken on the ground in Mexico, support from the U.S. supply chain will be an important component in gaining the participation of the Mexican seafood industry, as well as providing support for the common policy recommendations.
As such, SFP has formed a Mexican Seafood Supply Chain Roundtable (SR). The primary role of the SR participants will be to request that their vendors in Mexico join a multi-stakeholder group forming locally, called the Mexican Fisheries Collective Impact Initiative, which will press the government to implement the common policy recommendations. Additional support for the common policy recommendations may be needed to demonstrate to the government the supply chain's desire for the changes, and this will be undertaken by Mexican companies.
Unlike most other SRs the Mexican Seafood SR is not working within one seafood sector only. Focus of the Mexican Seafood SR is general policy improvement at the national level, to ensure these improvements are permanent and also implemented in non-certified fisheries. Consequently, the SR contributes to Target 75 in several sectors, namely wild caught Large Shrimp, Snapper & Grouper and Swimming Crab, which are of particular interest to the US market. In Squid and Octopus any FIP Support and FIP catalyzation efforts are directed by the applicable sector focused SRs.
The SR welcomes additional participation of market-based buyers of Mexican Seafood.
Current Supply Chain Roundtable Participants include:
Alfa Gamma Group
Amende & Schultz/Promarmex
Beaver Street Fisheries
Catalina Offshore Products
Del Pacifico Seafoods
Delta Blue Aquaculture
Eastern Fish Company
The Fishin' Co.
Fortune Fish & Gourmet
Great Fish Company/ASC Seafood
New England Marine Atlanta
Quirch Foods Co.
Santa Monica Seafood
Tampa Bay Fisheries
- Ensure diverse and robust participation of the seafood supply chain in the Mexican Fisheries Collective Impact Initiative, which intends to promote fisheries policy change when the next Mexican fisheries administration is established in mid-2018.
Action Recommendations for SR Participants:
- Ask your vendors in Mexico to join the Fisheries Collective Impact Initiative and advocate for the common policy recommendations.
- Work with SFP to develop a letter of support for the work of the Mexican Fisheries Collective Impact Initiative.