Argentina onshore 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.  In accordance with the Fisheries Law, Argentinean provinces have jurisdiction over the exploitation of living resources populating their interior waters and the Argentine sea adjacent to their coasts up to 12 nautical miles (measured from baseline), which allows for the characterization of provincial fisheries.

A fleet of coastal vessels of length less than 21m operates the fishery addressed by this FIP, using bottom-trawling nets along the coastal waters of the province of Chubut, with the Port of Rawson as its landing point.  This coastal fleet conducts daily fishing trips from October to March, and as opposed to the larger fleet, its catches are almost monospecific.

The Argentina red shrimp fishery as a whole (onshore and offshore) produced landings of around 80 thousand metric tons in the period from 2009 to 2013, surpassing the historical record in 2013 with landings above 100 thousand metric tons. The participation of the coastal fleet based at the Port of Rawson has been around 20% of landings during the last five years.

The Argentine red shrimp onshore fishery's current obstacles to becoming more sustainable are mainly related to MSC Principles 2 and 3. This FIP will work to address Principle 2 by characterizing the interaction between the coastal fleet and bycatch species in Chubut’s provincial waters and to support efforts aimed at better understanding the interaction between the fishery and the sea bottom, along with its potential impacts on the ecosystem. With regard to Principle 3, further coordination among the different jurisdictions that define the management of this fishery resource will be achieved, and a formal and regular mechanism for the assessment of the efficacy of the fishery's management system will be available to stakeholders.

For more information regarding this FIP's progress, please visit CeDePesca's Argentine red shrimp on-shore FIP Public Report (updated quaterly).

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) 
  • To design and implement an Onboard Observers Program for the coastal fleet to gather data on bycatch until July 2018.
  • To conduct regular Ecological Risk Assessments for the Effects of Fishing to serve as input to the management system and to an MSC full assessment, until July 2018.
  • To develop a minimum coordination protocol for fishery research and management among the different jurisdictions involved in the fishery’s administration by July 2018.
  • To raise awareness among and involve crew members in research activities related to the FIP until July 2018.
  • To initiate regular assessments for the efficacy of the fishery’s management system by July 2018.
  • To achieve an MSC certifiable status and enter into an MSC full-assessment process by July 2018.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
July, 2015
July, 2018
Common Name 
Argentine Red Shrimp
Scientific Name 
Pleoticus muelleri
Additional Names 
Patagonian shrimp, langostino patagónico, langostino argentino
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 41 (Atlantic, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Additional Attributes 
Province of Chubut
FIP Volume 
20,000 metric tons

How is this FIP Doing? uses 28 industry-standard indicators based on the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard to track FIP progress. Comprehensive FIPs must address all red and yellow indicators, while basic FIPs may address only a subset of indicators.

The first bar below shows a snapshot of the FIP’s current performance against the indicators. The second bar below shows the FIP’s performance against the indicators when it started so you can see how much progress the FIP has made over time. Both bars use the following scale: Red=below 60, Yellow=60-79, Green=80 or higher, Gray=the subset of indicators a basic FIP is not addressing.

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FIP Progress Rating 
A - Advanced Progress

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Alejandra Cornejo
+54 223 489-6397
Organization Name 
Pesquera Veraz
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Federico Angeleri