Mauritania small pelagics - purse seine

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Overview

The Mauritanian Small Pelagic FIP was initiated by a partnership between the Mauritanian fishery authority, the Mauritanian oceanographic and fisheries research institute (IMROP), local businesses, and international fishmeal and oil buyers. The fishery consists of artisanal and coastal purse seine and pelagic trawl vessels targeting mainly sardine (with some other small pelagics according to availability and current regulations) in Mauritanian waters. The FIP aims to support the government in working towards robust management and long-term sustainability of the resource, and also in other policy aims around improving value-added and support to food security. The MarinTrust Standard was initially chosen as the benchmark for the assessment and work plan but in 2021 a MSC pre-assessment was conducted and the workplan revised so that it now addresses both standards.

 

This FIP has recently progressed to IFFO RS V2 and has created a new profile to reflect this new benchmarking and actions.

FIP Description 

The Mauritanian Small Pelagic FIP was initiated by a partnership between the Mauritanian fishery authority, the Mauritanian oceanographic and fisheries research institute (IMROP), local businesses, and international fishmeal and oil buyers.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • Improve data collection on catch, effort and biomass for coastal fleet / small pelagics (Dec. 2023)
  • Support government in putting in place Small Pelagics Management Plan (PAPP) (Dec. 2022)
  • Ensure that the fishery is managed consistent with ecosystem requirements (Dec. 2023)
  • Support government and scientists in collaborating with Morocco and Senegal for management of shared stocks (Dec. 2025)
  • Support monitoring and enforcement on vessels and in factories (Dec. 2023)
  • Evaluate bycatch, discards and habitat interactions (Dec. 2023)
  • Improve stock assessments (Dec. 2023)
  • Refocus fishery on human consumption market (ongoing long term process)
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2017
December 2025
Update 
End date updated to match end date of revised (MSC) workplan
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
European Sardine
Scientific Name
Sardina pilchardus
Common Name 
Flat Sardinella
Scientific Name
Sardinella maderensis
Common Name 
Round Sardinella
Scientific Name
Sardinella aurita
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 34 (Atlantic, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mauritania
Geographic Scope 
Subject to zoning provisions
Country Flag of Vessel 
Mauritania
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
418,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
1,050,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2019
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FIP at a Glance

54% 32% 11% 4%
August 01, 2017
57% 18% 25%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
A Advanced Progress
Actions Complete

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  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Feb 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2025
Additional Impacts:
Other

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Olvea
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Jo Gascoigne
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.
9490