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).

FIP Description 

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 December 2022.
  • To have a consistent recovery strategy adopted for the Mexican grouper stocks, including measures aimed at reducing fishing effort and setting catch quotas by December 2022.
  • To help improve the fishing registry and the traceability of fishery production by July 2022.
  • 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. [Completed]
  • 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 December 2022.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
April 2014
December 2022
Next Progress Report Due 
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Black Grouper
Scientific Name
Mycteroperca bonaci
Common Name 
Red Grouper
Scientific Name
Epinephelus morio
Gear Type 
Bottom Longline
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 31 (Atlantic, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Campeche Bank, Yucatan
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
800 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
4,572 metric tons
Landings Date 
January 2022
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FIP at a Glance

25% 46% 29%
April 01, 2014
32% 54% 14%
Progress Rating (A) Advanced Progress

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(B) Good Progress

A basic FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result within 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 AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has reported a Stage 3 activity within the first 12 months.
(D) Some Past Progress
  • A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months BUT has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old AND a Stage 3 activity has been reported within six months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.
(E) Negligible Progress
  • A FIP for which the most recent Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 36) months old, with no Stage 3 activity reported in the last six months.
  • A FIP younger than 12 months with no Stage 3 activity reported within 12 months.
  • A FIP 12-36 months old that has never reported a Stage 4 or 5 result AND has not reported a Stage 3 activity within the past six months.

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

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  • 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 2022
Target End Date
Dec 2022
Additional Impacts:
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Minerva Alonso
Organization Name 
Sea Delight
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Stephen Fisher
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
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