Mexico Baja California red sea urchin - diver-caught

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The Mexico Baja California North Pacific red sea urchin - diver-caught FIP is being implemented to obtain the certification for MSC Fisheries Standard. The interest of implementing this FIP arose from the project Fish for Good of the MSC, whose results identified the potential of the red sea urchin fishery on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico to enter in a process of fishery improvement. As part of the initial stages of this FIP, the fishery is also entering the ITM (In Transition to MSC Certification) program of the MSC.

The target stock is distributed along the western coast of the Baja California Peninsula from the Coronado Islands to Cedros Island in Baja California. The fleet is licensed and registered fishermen in Baja California, operating small vessels with hookah-equipment, organized mainly in fishing cooperatives.

The FIP stakeholders are these fishermen, federal and state governments, an academic institution and an NGO. The stakeholders developed a work plan to meet the improvement recommendations from the MSC pre-assessment to achieve a sustainable fishery status by the end of 2024.

El FIP de erizo rojo está siendo implementado para obtener la certificación para pesquerías sostenibles del MSC. El interés de implementar este FIP surgió del proyecto denominado Fish for Good del MSC, en cuyos resultados se identificó el potencial de la pesquería de erizo rojo en la costa occidental de Baja California, México para entrar en un proceso de mejora pesquera. Como parte de las etapas iniciales de este FIP, la pesquería además está entrando en el programa ITM (In Transition to MSC certifcation) del MSC.

El stock objetivo se distribuye a lo largo de la costa occidental de la Península de Baja California desde las Islas Coronado hasta Isla de Cedros en Baja California. La flota cuenta con pescadores autorizados y registrados en Baja California, operando embarcaciones pequeñas con equipo de hookah, organizados principalmente en cooperativas pesqueras.

Los participantes del FIP son estos pescadores, gobiernos federal y estatal, academia y OSC. Quienes desarrollaron un plan de trabajo para cumplir con las recomendaciones de mejoras como resultado de la preevaluación del MSC, para lograr un estatus de pesquería sostenible para fines de 2024.

FIP Description 

The Mexico Baja California North Pacific red sea urchin - diver-caught FIP is being implemented to obtain the certification for MSC Fisheries Standard.

FIP Objective(s) 

The red sea urchin fishery is at certifiable level based on the MSC standard by December 2024

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2020
December 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Common Name 
Red Sea Urchin
Scientific Name 
Mesocentrotus franciscanus
Additional Names 
Erizo Rojo
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Baja California state west coast
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
563 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
1,200 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2018

FIP at a Glance

32% 68%
January 01, 2020
32% 68%
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, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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Actions Complete
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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 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Pronatura Noroeste A.C.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Pablo Alvarez
+52 646 128 2459
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