INACTIVE Mexico Western Baja California Sur swimming crab - pot/trap

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Reason for Inactivity
  • Failed to meet social responsibility policy


In Mexico, one of the most important fisheries for the small-scale fleet is swimming crab. The fishery started during the 1980s and was fully developed by the early 1990s. By 2013, the swimming crab fishery was the 8th highest in production in the Mexican Pacific with ~17,000 t and was the 12th most important in terms of value. 

Baja California Sur is the third largest producer, after Sonora and Sinaloa, with an average of 400 t per year. Crab fishing mainly occurs the coastal lagoons of the western coast of the state. The Magdalena-Almejas lagoon complex is the most important fishing region, contributing to ~76% of the state's production, followed by Ojo de Liebre lagoon (14%) and San Ignacio lagoon (10%) 

The federal regulations for the fishery are listed on the Swimming Crab of the Pacific, the National Fisheries Charter and the Official Mexican Standard for the crab fishery NOM-039-PESC-2003. The standard establishes traps as the only fishing gear allowed in Baja California Sur. Traps specifications, as well as minimum crab size limits, are contained within the regulations. Finally, managers state that the fishery may reach its maximum level and recommends to keep the current level of fishing effort in place. 

FIP Description 

In Mexico, one of the most important fisheries for the small-scale fleet is swimming crab. The fishery started during the 1980s and was fully developed by the early 1990s.

FIP Objective(s) 

FIP Goal:

The goal of the project is to strengthen the harvest strategy, related harvest control rules and the management system to reach, for the fall of 2025, a minimum score of 80 for all the principles performance indicators for the MSC Standard.

Project outcomes for 2025 are:

  • To establish a fishery monitoring and data collection program to document and evaluate the fishery impacts to biodiversity.
  • To develop and publish a robust and comprehensive stock assessment for the target species.
  • To develop and implement of a harvest strategy and control rules for the fishery.
  • To contribute in the update to the national fishery regulatory to meet the sustainability standards internationally accepted.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2018
October 2025
The Mexico Western Baja California Sur swimming crab - pot/trap FIP started in 2018. From the beginning, the FIP focused the efforts on strengthening the supply chain compliance with the fishery regulations, particularly those related to minimum legal size the protection of egg bearing females and to promote the fishery management plan development and implementation. After major adjustments to the supply chain, business strategy and the 2020 market and economic contraction related to the COVID-19 global pandemic FIP Participants are confident to have the means to deliver the last improvements needed to get the fishery ready for its MSC certification. This is why we are upgrading the project to a Comprehensive FIP and presenting this update to the project calendar and activities. We are confident that at the end of this last 5-year period, the fishery will deliver a score of 80+ for all the MSC Fisheries Standard performance indicators.
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Common Name 
Cortez Swimming Crab
Scientific Name
Callinectes bellicosus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
West Coast of Baja California Sur
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
962 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
962 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Alimentos del Mar de Norte America
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Yesica Hernandez Rubio
Organization Name 
Ocean Technology Inc.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Ed Dixon
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