INACTIVE Chilean hake - bottom trawl

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Reason for Inactivity
  • Missed deadline for three year audit report
  • Failed to meet social responsibility policy
  • Missed the completion of 2 consecutive progress reports & its 3-year audit.
  • Overview

    The Chilean hake - bottom trawl FIP is being implemented by SONAPESCA, PacificBlu and CeDePesca.  The FIP was publicly announced in May 2012, although early improvement efforts were carried out by CeDePesca as early as 2007.

    Chilean hake (Merluccius gayi gayi, also known as whiting) is a demersal species inhabiting Chilean waters.  The Chilean hake fishery takes place between the northern boundary of Chile’s IV Region and parallel 41°28.6' S in Chile’s X Region.  The fishery has two sectors: the artisanal sector and the industrial sector.  The industrial sector is comprised of an industrial small-scale fleet composed of vessels with motor engines less than 1,000hp, and an industrial large-scale fleet composed of vessels with motor engines larger than 1,000hp.  This FIP involves the large-scale industrial fleet, although it is expected to continue to produce positive effects in the fishery as a whole.

    In September 2019, the stock assessment conducted by IFOP showed that the Chilean hake stock is now above its limit reference point, after several years of depletion.  This result was consistent in all the stock assessment scenarios explored by IFOP. 

    So far, the FIP has achieved its early objectives, including:

    • Promoting the consolidation of the stock assessment model after an international peer review took place in 2011.
    • Encouraging authorities to establish the TAC in accordance with scientific recommendations by 2014.
    • Achieving the adoption of a recovery management plan for the fishery with clear goals, terms and harvest control rules in 2016.
    • Estimating illegal and unreported fishing in the artisanal sector by 2016, and installing the topic in the public agenda by 2018.
    • Encouraging the inclusion of estimations of unreported fishing into the stock assessment model by 2019.

    To read more about this FIP early progress, please visit CeDePesca's Chilean hake FIP Public report.

    FIP Description 

    The Chilean hake - bottom trawl FIP is being implemented by SONAPESCA, PacificBlu and CeDePesca.  The FIP was publicly announced in May 2012, although early improvement efforts were carried out by

    FIP Objective(s) 

    Currently, the Chilean hake - bottom trawl FIP has the following objectives:

    • To encourage authorities to set TACs making use of the stock assessment scenarios that incorporate estimations of unreported fishing in the artisanal sector, by December 2023.
    • [COMPLETE] To promote the full implementation of the law that strengthened SERNAPESCA by February 2022, in order to minimize, and eventually eliminate, unreported fishing and illegal trade of Chilean hake in the artisanal sector of the fishery.
    • To achieve, by December 2023, a consensus among the industrial and artisanal sectors around practical solutions that would allow for the recovery of the stock to its target reference point in six years.
    • [COMPLETE] To continue to understand and, if necessary, mitigate the impacts of the industrial large-scale fishery on the ecosystem by June 2023.
    FIP Type 
    FIP Stage 
    Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
    Start and Projected End Dates
    May 2012
    December 2023
    [APRIL 2021] In order to achieve its current objectives, this FIP has been extended by FIP partners up to February 2022. In January 2022, FIP partners will review the progress made, and make any necessary amends or extensions to the Action Plan. [APRIL 2022] After reviewing the progress made by the project, FIP partners have decided to extend the timeline up to December 2023.
    Next Progress Report Due 
    Friday, May 31, 2024
    Common Name 
    Pacific Hake
    Scientific Name
    Merluccius gayi gayi
    Gear Type 
    Bottom Trawl
    FAO Major Fishing Area
    Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
    Exclusive Economic Zones
    Geographic Scope 
    From the region of Coquimbo to 41º 28,6' South Latitude
    Estimated Total FIP Landings 
    14,916 metric tons
    Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
    20,113 metric tons
    Landings Date 
    December 2021

    FIP Leads

    Organization Name 
    Organization Type 
    Primary Contact 
    Gabriela Mc Lean
    Organization Name 
    Organization Type 
    Primary Contact 
    Héctor Bacigaulpo
    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.