INACTIVE Ecuador mahi-mahi - longline

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Overview

Reason for Inactivity 
The fishery withdrew from MSC full assessment and is currently transitioning back to an active FIP

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.

This FIP entered MSC full assessment in March 2019. See the fishery's MSC site for additional information.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
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.
Species 
Common Name 
Mahi-mahi
Scientific Name
Coryphaena hippurus
Gear Type 
Longline
Location
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Ecuador
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
IATTC
High Seas Name 
Pacific Ocean
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF-US
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Wendy Goyert
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.
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