INACTIVE Philippines blue swimming crab - pot (Saravia Blue Crab)

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Reason for Inactivity
  • Failed to meet social responsibility policy


The management area of Northern Iloilo Province blue swimming crab (BSC) fishery is the waters of the Guimaras Strait and the Visayan Sea, 15km off of the Iloilo Province. The province occupies the central and eastern section of Panay island in the Western Visayas region (region VI). These are the waters of nine municipalities from Carles in the north to Banate in the south and are reserved for the fishers of each municipality. The fleet comprises 395 vessels and gear type are low-impact pots. Crab from the fishery is processed by Saravia Blue Crab and their associated picking plants and imported by Harbor Seafood. This is a supply chain driven FIP with the tight relationships between processor, picking plant, and fishers being leveraged to track vessels to determine fishing grounds, collect catch data, ensure only pots with a minimum 12cm diameter are used, and that juvenile crabs and berried females are returned to the sea along with any ETP species. Fishers are families, usually husband and wife, and are paid a market premium for following responsible fishing practices.

FIP Description 

The management area of Northern Iloilo Province blue swimming crab (BSC) fishery is the waters of the Guimaras Strait and the Visayan Sea, 15km off of the Iloilo Province.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • The Northern Iloilo Province Blue Swimming Crab (BSC) FIP serves as a catalyst for further stakeholder participation with a goal of adding NGO, Government, and other industry stakeholders, by the end of 2023.
  • Have up to 20 percent of the fleet tracked with vessel tracking systems and daily catch data from each tracked vessel to better spatially visualize and understand the fishery by the end of 2023.
  • Conduct surveys and research to better understand the impact the fishing activity has on the marine ecosystem, ETP species, other aquatic species, and by-catch by the middle of 2023.
  • Reduce the capture of undersized crab and berried (gravid) females thru better community-led education and enforcement by the end of 2023.
  • Development of fishing community-led, implemented and enforced no-take zones and partial fishery closure times by the end of 2023.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
July 2018
June 2023
Due to delays caused by Covid-19, the project end date has been extended.
Next Progress Report Due 
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Philippines (the)
Geographic Scope 
Iloilo Province
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
630 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
800 metric tons
Landings Date 
September 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Saravia Blue Crab, Inc
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Alfonso Gamboa
Organization Name 
Fishery Networks
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Timothy Hromatka
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