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.
Mahi-mahi is Ecuador’s largest and most socio-economically important artisanal fishery. The majority of the catch is exported to the United States.
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.
This FIP entered MSC full assessment in March 2019. See the fishery's MSC site for additional information.