Ecuador mahi-mahi - longline

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Overview

Mahi-mahi is Ecuador’s largest and most socio-economically important artisanal fishery. The majority of the catch is exported to the United States. This highly migratory species presents a critical challenge for sustainability of the fishery, as the development of international management measures are required across many countries in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Other issues include turtle bycatch and limited scientific observers to monitor the longline fleet. The active involvement of FIP stakeholders, including the Ecuadorian Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Sub-Secretary of Fishery Resources, and FIP Participants drives improvements against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.

FIP Description 

Mahi-mahi is Ecuador’s largest and most socio-economically important artisanal fishery. The majority of the catch is exported to the United States.

FIP Objective(s) 

The goal of the Ecuador mahi-mahi FIP is to move the fishery in a step-wise approach towards  Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification by June 2019.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2010
June 2019
Update 
According to the 2018 FIP review report, the end date has changed to June 2019 to complete some of the final activities that were delayed- mainly the IATTC scientists proposal of reference points and harvest control rules of mahi mahi which will be completed by May 2019, and Ecuador's adoption of those recommendations.
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Mahi-mahi
Scientific Name 
Coryphaena hippurus
Additional Names 
dorado, dolphinfish, perico
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ecuador
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IATTC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
9,672 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
9,672 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

7% 29% 64%
January 01, 2010
25% 39% 32% 4%
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 FisheryProgress.org, 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.
Mar 2019
Target End Date
Jun 2019
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Wendy Goyert
Phone 
202-495-4331
Organization Name 
World Wildlife Fund
Primary Contact 
Pablo Guerrero
Phone 
593-99-9204 171
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