Mexico Baja California red rock lobster - trap

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The Mexico Baja California red rock lobster (also known as California spiny lobster) 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 rock lobster fishery on the west coast of Baja California, Mexico to enter in a process of fishing 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 ranging from the US-Mexico border to Cedros Island along the western coast of Baja California. The southern stock is already in an MSC certified fishery, thus there is a possibility that both stocks could be in the future the same Unit of Certification (UoC). The fleet is licensed and registered fishermen in Baja California, operating small vessels with wire traps, organized in fishing cooperatives.

The FIP stakeholders are these fishing cooperatives, federal and state governments, an independent consultant and an NGO. These 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 langosta roja 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 langosta roja 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 va desde la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México hasta Isla de Cedros a lo largo de la costa occidental de Baja California. El stock ubicado al sur corresponde a la pesquería ya certificada con el estándar del MSC, por lo que existe la posibilidad de que ambos stocks puedan ser en el futuro la misma Unidad de Certificación (UoC). La flota cuenta con pescadores autorizados y registrados en Baja California, operando embarcaciones pequeñas con trampas de alambre, organizados en cooperativas pesqueras.

Los participantes del FIP son estas cooperativas pesqueras, gobiernos federal y estatal, un consultor independiente 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 estado de pesquería sostenible para fines de 2024.

FIP Description 

The Mexico Baja California red rock lobster (also known as California spiny lobster) FIP is being implemented to obtain the certification for MSC Fisheries Standard.

FIP Objective(s) 

The California red rock lobster fishery in Baja California is at certifiable level based on the MSC standard by December 2024. 

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2020
December 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (California)
Scientific Name
Panulirus interruptus
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 
403 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
604 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2019

FIP at a Glance

54% 43% 4%
January 01, 2020
54% 43% 4%
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
C Some Recent 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.
Mar 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2024
Additional Impacts:

FIP Leads

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