The Argentina red shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) fishery is the main crustacean fishery in Argentina and one of the most important marine resources in the Southwest Atlantic. Operating freezing and ice-chilling vessels longer than 21m in length, the large fleet operating in this offshore fishery uses bottom trawling nets in Argentine federal waters (between parallels 42°S and 47°S).
The Argentine red shrimp fishery produced landings of around 80 thousand metric tons in between 2009 and 2013, surpassing the historical record in 2013 with landings above 100 thousand metric tons. In 2016, the fishery produced landings of around 180 thousand metric tons. The participation of the offshore fishery has been around 80% of red shrimp landings during the last years.
To learn more about improvement efforts, please visit CeDePesca's Argentine red shrip offshore FIP Public Report (updated quarterly).
The Argentina red shrimp (Pleoticus muelleri) fishery is the main crustacean fishery in Argentina and one of the most important marine resources in the Southwest Atlantic.
As a result of the situation previously described, the following specific objectives have been set for the period between July 1st, 2020 and April 30th, 2021, in order to obtain a certifiable standard against the MSC standard at the end of the period:
- Continue the exchanges with INIDEP, insisting on the retrospective analysis of the shrimp stock evolution that could be used as a tool to define reference points and give continuity to that analysis in the future.
- Follow up the adoption of a Contingency Plan (harvest control rules) according to Article 13 of Resolution 7/2018 (Management Plan) based on abundance reference points. In addition, follow up on the implementation of the national Management Plan for the fishery.
- Promote the adoption, within the stock management rules, of short and long term specific objectives for the fisheries management, clearly caring for the other components of the ecosystem.
- Continue the conversations regarding selective devices within the Bycatch Commission created by the FFC to reduce the interaction of the fishery with non-target and endangered, threatened and protected species.
- Convince INIDEP to install a camcorder inside the fishing gear in order to observe the behavior of the different species and contribute to the design of an efficient selective device in ecological and economic terms.
- Encourage the regular operation of the shrimp fishery Follow-Up Commission as an adequate forum to propose management measures and for the self-assessment of the management and research systems.
- Talk to the authorities and researchers about the importance of performing a peer review of the stock assessment methodology.
- Conclude the risk analysis corresponding to season 2019 and, if necessary, implement mitigation measures.
- Encourage the participation of skippers and crew members in the FIP.
FIP at a Glance
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