Mexico Yucatan red and black grouper - longline

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Overview

Red grouper and black grouper are two of the main target species for the mixed demersal fishery in the Bank of Campeche, located to the north of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.  This seasonal fishery is of high social importance, given that more than 10 thousand families depend on it for their livelihood. 

Currently, the red grouper stock is below its limit reference point, and there is much to do to improve management strategies to effectively regulate fishing effort and catch levels so that the species may recover.  This project aims at achieving a certifiable status against the MSC standard by collaborating with governmental and private stakeholders to develop and implement a consistent recovery strategy (complete with effective data collection, monitoring and control), and an adequate research plan to close information gaps on the fishery and its interaction with other ecosystem components.

For more information on improvement activities, please visit:  CeDePesca's Mexican Grouper FIP Public report (updated quaterly).

Red grouper and black grouper are two of the main target species for the mixed demersal fishery in the Bank of Campeche, located to the north of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.  This seasonal fishery is of high social importance, give

FIP Objective(s) 
  • To have an adequate Management Plan adopted based on the best scientific information available by February 2020.
  • To have a consistent recovery strategy adopted for the Mexican grouper stocks, including measures aimed at reducing fishing effort and setting catch quotas by February 2020.
  • To help improve the fishing registry and the traceability of fishery production by February 2020.
  • To help define an adequate Research Plan that includes data collection on target and non-target species, and on the impact of the fishery on other ecosystem components by February 2020.
  • To help establish participatory mechanisms that allow fishery stakeholders to participate in both data collection activities and the assessment of the Management Plan's performance by February 2020.
  • To achieve an MSC certifiable status and enter into an MSC full-assessment process in March 2020.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April, 2014
February, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Black Grouper
Scientific Name 
Mycteroperca bonaci
Additional Names 
Negrillo, mero mexicano
Common Name 
Red Grouper
Scientific Name 
Epinephelus morio
Additional Names 
Mero rojo, mero mexicano
Gear Type 
Bottom Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 ( Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Additional Attributes 
Campeche Bank, Yucatan
Volume
FIP Volume 
2,500 metric tons

How is this FIP Doing?

FisheryProgress.org uses 28 industry-standard indicators based on the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard to track FIP progress. Comprehensive FIPs must address all red and yellow indicators, while basic FIPs may address only a subset of indicators.

The first bar below shows a snapshot of the FIP’s current performance against the indicators. The second bar below shows the FIP’s performance against the indicators when it started so you can see how much progress the FIP has made over time. Both bars use the following scale: Red=below 60, Yellow=60-79, Green=80 or higher, Gray=the subset of indicators a basic FIP is not addressing.

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Basic FIPs may focus their workplans on a subset of the indicators. This shows the proportion of total indicators the FIP is working on.
100%
This shows the proportion of actions in the workplan that the FIP has completed.
0%
This shows the proportion of actions that are behind schedule, on track,completed, or not yet started.
Behind On Track Complete Future
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This shows the proportion of actions specifically addressing red indicators that are behind schedule, on track, completed, or not yet started. This helps users understand the progress the FIP is making on the biggest challenges in the fishery.
Behind On Track Complete Future
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FIP Progress Rating 
B - Good Progress

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Minerva Alonso
Organization Name 
Sea Delight Ocean Fund
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Adriana Sánchez