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 the end of 2017.
How is this FIP Doing?
FisheryProgress.org 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.