The actors involved in the spiny lobster fishery in southern Quintana Roo, especially the fishers, have worked hard to improve and maintain responsible fishing practices in the pursuit of sustainability. In 2012, the spiny lobster fishery became MSC-certified. However, due to the lack of resources needed to maintain it, the fishery lost certification in 2016.
Though the certification was lost, interest in continuing to work towards the sustainability of the fishery was still strong. It was decided that a fishery improvement project based on the MSC criteria was the best solution to further pursue sustainability. This would make it possible to improve the vulnerable areas of the fishery, and to maintain what had been achieved previously. This FIP’s scheme would also let the actors show the work that has been done with the intention of increasing the possibilities to access into new and preferential markets, in addition to becoming a model of sustainability for other artisanal fisheries.
The actors involved in the spiny lobster fishery in southern Quintana Roo, especially the fishers, have worked hard to improve and maintain responsible fishing practices in the pursuit of sustainability.
The main objective of this FIP is to transform the management of the artisanal spiny lobster fishery in Quintana Roo, Mexico through the implementation of international sustainable fishing standards with a participatory approach by 2020.
The specific objectives the FIP hopes to achieve are as follows:
1. Maintain the continuous generation of information on the state of the lobster population.
2. Generate scientific information on the effect of the fishery on the ecosystem and document this information.
3. Improve the cost-benefit of stakeholders and access to markets with sustainability criteria.
4. Encourage improved enforcement and monitoring.
5. To make the fishery known as a sustainable fishing model
FIP at a Glance