Chile common hake - bottom trawl

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Overview

Chilean common hake (Merluccius gayi gayi) is a demersal species inhabiting Chilean waters.  The Chilean common hake fishery takes place between the northern boundary of the IV Region and parallel 41°28.6' S in the X Region.  The fishery has two sub-units, given that it is exploited by two fleets: the artisanal and the industrial.  The most recent stock assessments for Chilean common hake show that the fishing stock is barely at its limit reference point, and that the recovery process has stalled as of 2010, even if the recruitment process seems to not have been impaired.

The Chilean common hake FIP was publicly announced in May 2012, and it is being led by the fishing industry association, SONAPESCA, and CeDePesca. 

Currently, this FIP aims at promoting the adoption of a recovery plan for the fishery with clear goals, timeframes, and haverst rules in line with the recently ammended Chilean Fisheries Law.  It also aims at minimizing -and eventually eliminating- practices such as underreporting and illegal trade, which have been identified by authorities and stakeholders and that are taking place within the artisanal sector.  Curbing or eliminating these practices would impact directly on the status of the stock.  On the other hand, the FIP is encouraging research to properly understand the impacts of this trawling fishery on other elements of the ecosystem in order to establish its level of impact and to design practical measures to mitigate it, if deemed necessary.

Earlier FIP goals have already been accomplished and included:

  • Promoting consolidation of the stock assessment model after the international peer review took place.
  • Encouraging authorities to establish the TAC in accordance with scientific recommendations.
  • Promoting the start of data collection activities regarding the fishery impacts over the seabed and on other ecosystem components.

To read more about this FIP progress, please visit CeDePesca's Chilean Common hake FIP Public report (updated quaterly).

Chilean common hake (Merluccius gayi gayi) is a demersal species inhabiting Chilean waters.  The Chilean common hake fishery takes place between the northern boundary of the IV Region and parallel 41°28.6' S in the X Region.  The fishery

FIP Objective(s) 
  • To promote the adoption and implementation of a recovery plan for the fishery with clear goals, timeframes and harvest rules by April 2018.
  • To minimize, and eventually eliminate, under-reported fishing and illegal trade of hake in the artisanal portion of the fishery by April 2020.
  • To continue to understand and, if necessary, mitigate the impacts of the fishery on the ecosystem by April 2020.
  • To achieve an MSC certifiable status and enter full assessment by April 2020.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
May, 2012
April, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Pacific Hake
Scientific Name 
Merluccius gayi gayi
Additional Names 
South Pacific hake, Chilean common hake, merluza común chilena, merluza chilena
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Chile
Volume
FIP Volume 
13,800 metric tons

How is this FIP Doing?

FisheryProgress.org uses 28 industry-standard indicators based on the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard to track FIP progress. This shows a snapshot of the FIP’s current performance against the indicators using the following scale: Red=below 60, Yellow=60-79, Green=80 or higher, Gray=data not available to score the fishery.
4% 64% 32%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
33%  
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
0% 67% 33% 0%
This shows the proportion of actions specifically addressing red indicators that are behind schedule, on track, completed, or not yet started. This helps users understand the progress the FIP is making on the biggest challenges in the fishery.
Behind On Track Complete Future
0% 50% 50% 0%
FIP Progress Rating 
A

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Guisella Muñoz
Organization Name 
SONAPESCA
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Héctor Bacigalupo