PROSPECTIVE Argentina hake - bottom trawl (CAABPA)

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What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) is a demersal-pelagic species that inhabits cold waters related to sub-antartic currents, and it is one of the main fishing resources in the Argentine Sea.  The Southern stock of the species is distributed between 41°S and 48°S. The fishery is managed by the Fisheries Federal Council (Consejo Federal Pesquero) and the National Secretariat for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería y Pesca de la Nación), while research and stock assessments are undertaken by the National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero).

The industrial fishery is comprised of two main fleets: the freezing fleet and the chilling fleet. Both fleets use bottom trawls as fishing gear.  The vessels of the chilling fleet use motors of between 290 and 1,800 HP and have size of between 30m and 50m. This chilling fleet makes 4 to 15-day trips and does not process the catch on board, but rather the catch is preserved whole in ice and stored in refrigerated storages for later processing on land. 

Mar del Plata port is the main landing port for this specie. In 2021, landings of Argentine hake (southern stock) reached 260,466.4 tonnes, of which 189,446 tonnes were landed in Mar del Plata port.

The ship owners that make up the Cámara Argentina de Armadores de Buques Pesqueros de Altura (CAABPA) have decided to partner with CeDePesca in order to design a FIP, with the ultimate goal of achieving a certifiable status for the Argentinean hake bottom trawl -ice chilling- fishery. 

FIP Description 

Argentine hake (Merluccius hubbsi) is a demersal-pelagic species that inhabits cold waters related to sub-antartic currents, and it is one of the main fishing resources in the Argentine Sea.  The Southern stock of the species is distribut

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Argentine Hake
Scientific Name
Merluccius hubbsi
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 41 (Atlantic, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Argentina
Geographic Scope 
Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone, south of parallel 41°S, waters under federal jurisdiction.
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Alejandra CORNEJO
Organization Name 
CAABPA
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Diego GARCÍA LUCHETTI
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
18116
Expiration Date 
April 2023