Mexico Quintana Roo spiny lobster – casitas/hand-harvest

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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 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2017
March 2022
Update 
The projected end date of the FIP is extended, to continue with the good practices of sustainable capture and to be able to complete the missing gaps according to the standard. We believe that in two years we can achieve it.
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Species 
Common Name 
Spiny Lobster (Caribbean)
Scientific Name
Panulirus argus
Gear Type 
Casita/Condominium
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Mesoamerican Reef System
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
210 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
1,000 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

11% 89%
March 01, 2017
14% 86%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 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

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.
May 2021
Target End Date
Mar 2022
Additional Impacts:
EcosystemOther

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Federación Regional de Sociedades Cooperativas de la Industria Pesquera del Estado de Quintana Roo (FEDECOOP)
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Severo Góngora
Phone 
+52 998 874 0506
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.
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