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.
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.
- 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 at a Glance
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