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

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Reason for Inactivity 
Missed two consecutive reports

Note: This FIP went inactive on April 30, 2020.

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 

Note: This FIP went inactive on April 30, 2020.

FIP Objective(s) 

The overall goal of this project is to improve the fishery management performance in accordance with the MSC Standard for sustainable fisheries by the end of 2022. To achieve this, the FIP will work on the following:

  • To establish a system that allows a continuous monitoring and assessment of the fishery stock status and environmental impacts.
  • Evaluating and fishery environmental impacts 
  • Put in place a system that improves compliance with the swimming crab supply chain with fishery regulations.
FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Common Name 
Brown Crab
Scientific Name 
Callinectes bellicosus
Additional Names 
Warrior swimcrab, warrior swimming crab, Cortez swimming crab, jaiba café
Gear Type 
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
West Coast of Baja California Sur

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Alimentos del Mar de Norte America
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Tirso Alvarez
Organization Name 
Pesca Responsable y Comercio Justo
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Juan Manuel Garcia Caudillo
Organization Name 
Ocean Technology Inc.
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Ed Dixon
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