The T75 sector report for reduction fisheries details the state of the sector. According to the report, in August 2017, 7.4 million tonnes, or 41 percent of the global production in reduction fisheries, was considered sustainable or improving. The vast majority of this volume is under the Atlantic/Pacific reduction fishery sub-sector, which, if considered by itself, would have met the T75 goal already.
The Latin American Reduction Fisheries SR focuses on monitoring sustainability status and performance of fisheries used for fishmeal and fish oil production in Latin America. Much of this production is already sustainable or improving; the roundtable’s role is to shift volume from the improving to the sustainable category, and to ensure that no production is removed from these categories.
FIPs and/or Fisheries Covered:
For more details on the sustainability status of the fisheries, progress of the FIPs, and improvement recommendations, please click here.
The Latin American Reduction Fisheries SR focuses on South and Central American reduction fisheries. SFP’s FishSource database contain sustainability information on the main fish stocks supplying raw material to the marine ingredients industry.
The following FIPs are supported and monitored:
The SR is working to develop FIPs in the following fisheries:
Improvement needs, objectives, and action recommendations for 2020 are in development, and will be published after the annual SR meeting.
A summary of past progress can be found in our SR Chronicles.
Action Recommendations for the Supply Chain
If you would like more information about the Supply Chain Roundtable or wish to support it, please contact Renato Gozzer.
A summary of past progress, including highlights from past quarterly updates, can be found in our SR Chronicles.
Quarterly Latin American Reduction Fisheries SR Update – January to June 2020
This briefing provides an update on progress, activities, and news in the areas of interest to the SR. It also indicates any actions and further support needed.
1. Improvements in Target 75 Priority Fisheries
Northern Chile Anchovy:
Update: During the 2020 SR meeting on January 16, WWF Chile presented on the progress of the FIP project.
Further support needed: SR participants to reach out to their suppliers and encourage them to join the FIP.
Peruvian Residual Fishmeal:
Update: During the 2020 SR meeting on January 16, the opportunity to catalyze improvements in the Peruvian residual fishmeal processing plants to get MarinTrust certification was presented to all SR members. The SR agreed to organize meetings during 2020 with producers of residual fishmeal to define the feasibility of establishing processes to get the MarinTrust certification in this industry. Vitapro, MarinTrust, and SFP held a first online meeting with the top Peruvian producers of by-product fishmeal, and the initiative is moving forward. This industry uses waste from small pelagic fisheries like anchoveta, but also from mahi-mahi, jumbo flying squid, and hake, which are other T75 fisheries.
No further support needed.
2. Support to Established FIPs and Improvement Efforts
Please find an overview of all existing FIPs and improvement efforts, their current progress ratings, and status here.
Update: Currently all established FIPs are rated A-C.
The SR recognized the progress of the Ecuadorian FIP, which is meeting goals within the estimated time frame and generating real improvements for the fishery. However, as the IFFO-RS improver program assesses the processing plants directly, the plants must enter the program to be pre-assessed. The SR participants encouraged the Ecuadorian fishmeal and fish oil plants to move forward with this process. SFP and SR members organized a meeting with IFFO and Ecuadorian FMFO plants to clarify the deadlines established by IFFO to complete the audits. The Ecuadorian National Chamber of Fishing (CNP) sent a letter to IFFO-RS asking for an extension of the deadline to pass the IFFO-RS audit for processing plant(s) from September to December. The letter was coordinated with SR members and FIP participants.
The first annual audit of FIP progress was successfully passed, with all milestones met on time. Additionally, the latest update of the stock assessments for the nine species covered by the FIP showed a recovery of the species. When the FIP started, the first stock assessment, based on 2017 data, estimated that 88 percent of the stocks were overexploited and 44 percent overfished. The most recent stock assessment, based on 2019 pre-COVID-19 data, shows 55 percent of the stocks overexploited and 11 percent overfished. While there is still a lot to do, this is factual evidence of the positive impacts on the water of this industry-led initiative
Further support needed: Development and implementation of a mitigation program to address bycatch of ETP species during fishing trips.
3. Support for Mitigation of Overarching Fishery/FIP Sustainability Issues
Relevant news: The Peruvian Policy Brief was presented to SR members during the January SR meeting. They also received a printed copy. Since the SR participants do not have much leverage in Peruvian fisheries management, there is no follow-up planned.
For the Chilean Policy Brief, an online survey of key stakeholders was distributed to identify improvement priorities in Chilean fishery management. The final version of the brief has been produced and it was shared with the SR members with the quarterly update report.
No further support needed.
4. Expansion of the SR
Update: The 2020 Latin American Reduction Fisheries Supply Chain Roundtable meeting was conducted on January 16 in Lima, Peru. The SR participants and SFP agreed on and defined new priorities:
No further support needed.