Mexico Yucatan crab - dipnet/pot/trap

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Overview

The blue swimming crab fishery in the Yucatan is an artisanal fishery where crab is caught mainly by hand. Fishers use a hand net and scoop crab up while standing in small boats called cayucos.

Pontchartrain Blue Crab (based in Louisiana, USA) and its Yucatan suppliers launched a fishery improvement project in April 2013. A preliminary assessment was undertaken to assess the sustainability of the fishery against the Marine Stewardship Council Standard in July 2013 and suggested the fishery would score in the 60-80 range.  The two lowest scores (<60) were for bycatch monitoring and information (PI 2.2.3) and for monitoring the performance of the management system (PI 3.2.5).  These two areas are the highest priorities for fishery improvements.  A landings registry for monthly reporting of crab catches by size and sex began in October/November 2013.  A preliminary assessment against the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch criteria in 2015 found more information was needed on bycatch.  Bycatch monitoring began in February 2015.  The fishery is selective with very little bycatch. Crab traps are a minor component of the Yucatan crab fishery (less than 10%), the vast majority of crabs are primarily harvested with fishermen fabricated ring nets. Ring nets rarely have bycatch. When an occasional fish or hermit crab is captured they are of no commercial value and are immediately returned to the water.

Pontchartrain Blue Crab is the fiscal sponsor for this project. See Pontchartrain Blue Crab's commitment to high-quality seafood products here.  The Yucatan company processing crab is Pescados y Mariscos Del Caribe.  Mayaland Seafood packs the Mexican crab meat under private label for Pontchartrain Blue Crab. Pontchartrain and its Yucatan suppliers made a commitment to launch a fishery improvement project in April 2013.  INAPESCA the fisheries agency became involved in 2014.

The blue swimming crab fishery in the Yucatan is an artisanal fishery where crab is caught mainly by hand. Fishers use a hand net and scoop crab up while standing in small boats called cayucos.

FIP Objective(s) 

The project will improve the fishery to meet or exceed the global standard for sustainable fisheries of the Marine Stewardship Council program by the end of 2020.

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
March, 2013
December, 2020
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, June 29, 2018
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Callinectes sapidus
Gear Type 
Dipnet
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
60 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

25% 39% 36%
March 01, 2013
4% 50% 4% 43%
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
B Good 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.
Jun 2018
Target End Date
Dec 2020

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Pontchartrain Blue Crab
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Gary Bauer
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