Mexico Yucatan Peninsula blue crab - dipnet/pot/trap

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Overview

The blue crab fishery in the Yucatan is an artisanal fishery where blue crab is caught by ring net/pot traps and sometimes with dipnets. It includes areas from the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco & Yucatan. Catches from these states represent 14% of swimming crab catches in Mexico.  70% of the suppliers catches are from Sabancuy and Isla Aguada, Campeche where Callinectes sapidus predominates.

Pontchartrain Blue Crab (based in Louisiana, USA), and PESMAR, its Yucatan suppliers, launched a fishery improvement project in April 2013. A preliminary assessment against the Marine Stewardship Council Standard (July 2013) suggested the fishery would score in the 60-80 range.  The two lowest scores were for bycatch monitoring and information (PI 2.2.3) and for monitoring the performance of the management system (PI 3.2.5).  Mayaland Seafood LLC integrated to the project in this period.  A preliminary assessment against the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch criteria in 2015 found more information was needed on bycatch.  Leadership was handed to CeDePesca starting on 2019, workplan was updated and activities were re-established.

FIP is engaged with industry, fishermen, government entities and academic institutions looking forward to strength this collaborations.

FIP Description 

The blue crab fishery in the Yucatan is an artisanal fishery where blue crab is caught by ring net/pot traps and sometimes with dipnets. It includes areas from the Mexican states of Campeche, Tabasco & Yucatan.

FIP Objective(s) 

The project will improve the fishery towards global standard for sustainable fisheries of the Marine Stewardship Council program by the end of april 2021.  Specific objectives are:

  • By 2020, to improve knowledge of the fishery through a biological monitoring program.
  • By 2021, to contribute to the strengthening of the fishery management system and its compliance.
  • By 2021, to generate information regarding other components of the Ecosystem in which the fleet that supplies Pesmar operates.

 

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
March 2013
April 2021
Update 
“As a result of the leadership change that is actually operating the FIP since april 2019, in order to meet the objectives set, the workplan and the end date was extended, the objectives were detailed and activities modified”
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Crab
Scientific Name 
Callinectes sapidus
Gear Type 
Dipnet
Pot/Trap
Ring Net
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Campeche, Yucatan & Tabasco
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
1,228 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
10,180 metric tons
Volume Date 
September 2019
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FIP at a Glance

March 01, 2013
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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
D Some Past 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.
Mar 2020
Target End Date
Apr 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Pescados y Mariscos del Caribe, S.A. de C.V. (PESMAR)
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Rudy Abad
Phone 
+ 52 9699344119
Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Minerva Alonso
Phone 
+521 9992423250
Organization Name 
Pontchartrain Blue Crab
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Gary Bauer
Organization Name 
Mayaland Seafood LLC
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Yara Bradford
Phone 
228 332 1026
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