Mexico Bahia de Los Angeles octopus - trap/diver-caught/hand gathered

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Overview

An octopus FIP is being carried out in the Gulf of California, Mexico with the main objective of making the fishery sustainable. This fishery covers the region known as Bahia de Los Angeles (BLA), inside natural protected areas. The octopus fishery is the most important for the local community and the fishermen have traditionally caught the octopus by gleaning, free diving and using traps. The catch of octopus in BLA represents the 90% of the total octopus catch in Baja California State and it is a fishery with high value and great potential for commercialization.

Update September 2021: This progress report corresponds to the results of the new version of the Octopus FIP workplan which arose from a participatory process for the review and adjustment of the workplan that has been implemented since 2018. Said adjustments are due to the identification of actions and tasks that presented a null or insignificant advance for the improvement of the octopus fishery due to limitations of some actors to finance, participate, manage or implement the original Work Plan.
Based on the above, during the months of October to December 2020, a constant prioritization exercise of seven actions was carried out: (1) Evaluate the octopus size structure during the fishing season, (2) Maintain a program of basic monitoring that supports the competent authority with assessments and management of the fishery, (3) Monitoring of secondary species in the octopus fishery, (4) Monitoring of ETP species in the octopus fishery, (5) Implement measures to ensure compliance with the ban, (6) Implement a process to improve product quality, and finally, (7) Implement the FIP social responsibility policy.

 

Actualización septiembre 2021:   El presente informe corresponde a los resultados de la nueva versión del  plan de trabajo del FIP de Pulpo y surge de un proceso participativo para la revisión y ajuste del Plan de Trabajo vigente desde el 2018. Dichos ajustes se deben a la identificación de acciones y tareas que presentaron un avance nulo o poco significativo para el mejoramiento de la pesquería de pulpo debido a limitaciones de algunos actores para financiar, participar, gestionar o atender el Plan de Trabajo original.

Con base en lo anterior, durante los meses de octubre a diciembre de 2020 se realizó un ejercicio constante de priorización de siete acciones a realizar: (1) Evaluar la estructura de tallas de pulpo durante la temporada de pesca, (2) Mantener un programa de monitoreo básico que apoye a la autoridad competente con las evaluaciones y el manejo de la pesquería, (3) Monitoreo de especies secundarias en la pesquería de pulpo, (4) Monitoreo de especies ETP en la pesquería de pulpo, (5) Implementar medidas para asegurar el cumplimiento de la veda, (6) Implementar un proceso para mejorar la calidad del producto, y finalmente, (7) Implementar la política de responsabilidad social del FIP.

FIP Description 

An octopus FIP is being carried out in the Gulf of California, Mexico with the main objective of making the fishery sustainable. This fishery covers the region known as Bahia de Los Angeles (BLA), inside natural protected areas.

FIP Objective(s) 

By the project's target end date, the FIP hopes to achieve the following:

  • To assess the size octopus structure in order to improve the management for the octopus fishery by March 2023

  • To maintain a basic information system for the management of the octopus fishery by March 2023

  • To apply management strategies and comply with local regulations and agreements for the management of the octopus fishery by March 2023

  • To improve strategies for increasing quality controls during production and processing by March 2023

  • To provide added value and open new marketing channels by March 2023

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2021
March 2023
Update 
This report corresponds to the results of the new version of the Octopus FIP work plan and arises from a participatory process for the review and adjustment of the Work Plan in force since 2018. Said adjustments are due to the identification of actions and tasks that presented a null or insignificant advance for the improvement of the octopus fishery due to limitations of some actors to finance, participate, manage or attend the original Work Plan. Based on the above, during the months of October to December 2020, a constant prioritization exercise of seven actions was carried out: (1) Evaluate the octopus size structure during the fishing season, (2) Maintain a program of basic monitoring that supports the competent authority with assessments and management of the fishery, (3) Monitoring of secondary species in the octopus fishery, (4) Monitoring of ETP species in the octopus fishery, (5) Implement measures to ensure compliance with the ban, (6) Implement a process to improve product quality, and finally, (7) Implement the FIP social responsibility policy.
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, September 30, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
California Two-Spot Octopus
Scientific Name
Octopus bimaculatus
Common Name 
Hubb's Octopus
Scientific Name
Octopus hubbsorum
Gear Type 
Diver-Caught
Hand Gathered
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Gulf of California
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
23 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
227 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2021
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FIP at a Glance

14% 4% 4% 79%
April 01, 2021
25% 21% 21% 32%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

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

B Good 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.
Sep 2022
Target End Date
Mar 2023
Additional Impacts:
TraceabilityOther

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Pronatura Noroeste A.C.
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Pablo Alvarez
Phone 
+526461753461 ext. 110
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.
9158