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.

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 the end of 2017.

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January, 2010
December, 2017
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 
10,175 metric tons

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.

11% 32% 57%
Basic FIPs may focus their workplans on a subset of the indicators. This shows the proportion of total indicators the FIP is working on.
100%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
81%  
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
16% 2% 81% 0%
This shows the proportion of actions specifically addressing red indicators that are behind schedule, on track, completed, or not yet started. This helps users understand the progress the FIP is making on the biggest challenges in the fishery.
Behind On Track Complete Future
0% 11% 89% 0%
FIP Progress Rating 
B - Good Progress

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