Mexico Magdalena Bay Pacific calico scallops - diver-caught

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Overview

The project is making the California Bay scallop fishery more sustainable by aligning it with international fishery standards, including the FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries. It is a rebuilt fishery on shallow beds only. The fishery is managed adaptively in the state of Baja California Sur, meaning scallops are harvested at a maximum sustainable yield under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación, SAGARPA). Surveys of scallop beds are conducted under the regional authority of INAPESCA's CRIP, but project participants contribute to the cost of the scientific surveys to inform real-time management and expand the data availablility.

The closed season for this species begins on December 15 and ends on March 31. Its capture zone is the lagoon systems of the Baja California peninsula and the sandy and muddy bottoms of the intertidal zone. The minimum capture size is 56 mm in length of the largest diameter of the shell for: Lagunas Manuela, Guerrero Negro or Estero San José, Ojo de Liebre, San Ignacio, the channels and estuaries of Puerto Adolfo López Mateos and Ensenada de la Paz, while for the rest of the populations in Baja California is 60mm.

FIP Description 

The project is making the California Bay scallop fishery more sustainable by aligning it with international fishery standards, including the FAO's Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Smal

FIP Objective(s) 

The FIP will achieve the following by December 2023

- Review stock status relative to reference points annually or on a timeframe appropriate to the life history characteristics of the target species.

- Identify additional data needs and develop and implement research and data collection programs.

- Identify resource needs, challenges, and priorities to help improve enforcement.

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2022
December 2023
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, October 31, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Pacific Calico Scallops
Scientific Name
Argopecten ventricosus
Gear Type 
Diver-Harvest
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Country Flag of Vessel 
Mexico
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
5,443 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
5,443 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2021
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FIP at a Glance

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January 01, 2022
11% 86% 4%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

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(B) Good Progress

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(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

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  • 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.
Oct 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2023

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
The Sustainability Incubator
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Alexander Ford
Phone 
+447513886315
Organization Name 
Don's Gulf Select
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Don Savely
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.
17601