Argentina offshore red shrimp - bottom trawl

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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).


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FIP Description 

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.

FIP Objective(s) 

 The following specific objectives have been set for the period between July 1st 2019, and June 30th, 2020, in order to obtain a certifiable status against the MSC standard at the end of the period:

  1. 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.  
  2. Follow up the adoption of a Contingency Plan according to Article 13, as well as the implementation of the national Management Plan for the fishery.
  3. Follow up the discussions regarding selectivity devices to reduce the interaction of the fishery with non-target and endangered, threatened and protected species. The onboard observers of the private Program should play the role of disseminating the Project goals and the importance of reducing the bycatch.
  4. Encourage the regular operation of the shrimp fishery Follow-Up Commission as an adequate forum for the self-assessment of the management and research systems.
  5. Talk to the authorities and researchers about the importance of performing a peer review of the stock assessment methodology.
  6. Implement a private Onboard Observers Program during the season 2019.
  7. Conclude the risk analyses corresponding to seasons 2018 and 2019 and, if necessary, suggest mitigation measures. 
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2016
April 2021
The agreement extension until April 2021, to complete the tasks, is being discussed with the FIP partners. There are still tasks to be completed, and there is already an informal agreement on the subject. This year, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, there were no observers on board for the 2020 season.
Next Progress Report Due 
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Common Name 
Argentine Red Shrimp
Scientific Name
Pleoticus muelleri
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 41 (Atlantic, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Federal waters between parallels 42°S and 47°S, and provincial waters of Chubut and Santa Cruz
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
80,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
180,000 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

43% 57%
April 01, 2016
21% 46% 32%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
A Advanced Progress
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Jun 2021
Target End Date
Apr 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Alejandra Cornejo
Organization Name 
Pesquera Veraz
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Federico Angeleri
+54 0223 489 46 24 / +54 223 480 90 83
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.