In mid-2018, Environmental Defense Fund of Mexico (EDF) and Pronatura Noroeste (PNO) established a FIP for chocolate clams (Megapitaria squalida), in the Lagoon System of Altata-Ensenada del Pabellón, Sinaloa, Mexico. Since 2014, EDF and PNO, in coordination with the federal, state and municipal authorities, academia and fishing sector, have been developing a Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for this Lagoon System, which recommends gathering data on the state of the fishery's health with a focus on defining management tools that help improve the conditions of the bivalve resource. This FIP defines the actions that should be taken to make these improvements and can define better market conditions as well. On November 6, 2018, the FIP held its first workshop, in which 69 people participated, representing the different sectors that are involved with the fishery. A working group was created, whose task was to design a FIP work plan, with actions, specific tasks and responsibilities. The a Minute of Agreements with the working group was signed, which constituted the first step to ensure the commitment of the members of this group and their participation in the FIP.
In mid-2018, Environmental Defense Fund of Mexico (EDF) and Pronatura Noroeste (PNO) established a FIP for chocolate clams (Megapitaria squalida), in the Lagoon System of Altata-Ensenada del Pabellón, Sinaloa, Mexico.
1. Establish a system for assessing the population of chocolate clams, based on adequate and updated information on a permanent basis by December 2020.
2. Consolidate transparent and efficient decision-making mechanisms by December 2021.
3. Identify and minimize the effects on the environment caused by the chocolate clam fishery by June 2021.
4. Create a communication and awareness strategy aimed at tourists, local restaurants, residents and producers about the regulations that apply to the chocolate clam fishery by December 2023.
5. Establish a coordinated marketing mechanism by December 2023.
6. Consolidate the management system of the chocolate clam fishery through organization, fisheries management and regularization of producers by December 2023.
FIP at a Glance
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