Mauritanian 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, local businesses, and international fishmeal and oil buyers. The fishery consists of artisanal and coastal purse seine and pelagic trawl vessels targeting round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis), a shared regional stock, and obo (Ethmalosa fimbriata) in Mauritanian waters zones 1, 2 and 3 in the Atlantic Ocean. The FIP aims to bring transparency and ensure sustainability of the resource. The IFFO-RS Standard was chosen as the benchmark for the assessment and work plan. The FIP aims to improve performance against these criteria, as Fishery Progress reports using MSC certification an analyses of IFFO RS versus MSC was carried out to translate the IFFO standard to MSC PIs.

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

FIP Objective(s) 
  • Support the development of a framework and structures for the management of trans-boundary pelagic fish stocks in the region, or at least an arrangement for management coordination for stocks of sardinella and if necessary obo in the sub-region. Objective to be achieved by 2023.
  • Improve the data available for stock assessment. Objective to be achieved by 2021.
  • Improve management and application of existing legislation, or if necessary adaptation to new requirements, taking into account the precautionary approach. Evaluation of gaps to be completed by 2018, implementation of management plan by 2022.
  • Improve information on the ecosystem / discards / endangered species/ecosystem and precautionary approaches. Existing data analysed and reviewed by 2018 and ecosystem model finalised and updated by 2020.
  • Implementation of an effective monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) system. New MCS project underway by 2020, implemented by 2021.
FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
August, 2017
January, 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Round Sardinella
Scientific Name 
Sardinella aurita
Additional Names 
Round Sardinella
Common Name 
Flat Sardinella
Scientific Name 
Sardinella maderensis
Additional Names 
Flat Sardinella, Madeiran Sardinella
Common Name 
Obo
Scientific Name 
Ethmalosa fimbriata
Additional Names 
Obo, Shad
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 34 (Atlantic, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mauritania
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
High Seas Name 
Atlantic Ocean
Volume
FIP Volume 
300,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
1,000,000 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

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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
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete
  • 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.
Sep 2018
Target End Date
Jan 2023
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Key Traceability
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Iain Pollard
Phone 
+44 7505 122728
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