Mexico Quintana Roo spiny lobster - casitas

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Overview

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.

FIP Description 

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.

FIP Objective(s) 

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 Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2017
March 2020
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (Caribbean)
Scientific Name 
Panulirus argus
Additional Names 
Caribbean lobster
Gear Type 
Casita/Condominium
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Additional Attributes 
Mesoamerican Reef System
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
210 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
1,000 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

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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 FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete
  • 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.
May 2019
Target End Date
Mar 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C.
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Natalí Goldman
Phone 
+52 (998) 882 2894
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