Peru anchovy - small scale purse-seine

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Reason for Inactivity
  • Failed to meet social responsibility policy
  • Lack of funding

Overview

Peruvian anchovy (Engraulis ringens) landings from the artisanal and small-scale fleets in Peru are used for Direct Human Consumption (DHC).  Compañía Americana de Conservas, iPrisco, and Leribe source from the DHC fishery in Chimbote and Sechura and, in collaboration with CeDePesca, are committed to attaining the fishery's certifiable status against the MSC standard.

Among the coastal pelagic species of the Northern Humboldt Current System (NHCS), Peruvian anchovy is predominant and it supports one of the most important single species fisheries worldwide.  The NHCS is an important sector of one of the most productive world marine ecosystems: the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem.

The three fishing fleets targeting the Northern-Central stock of Peruvian anchovy are:  an artisanal fishing fleet of vessels of less than 10 cubic meters GRT; a small-scale fishing fleet of vessels of more than 10 cubic meters GRT but less than 32.6 cubic meters GRT; and an industrial fishing fleet of vessels larger than 32.6 cubic meters GRT.  This FIP addresses the artisanal and small-scale fishery associated to the Direct Human Consumption sector.

At the beginning of this FIP in 2017, the main issues regarding the sustainability of the small-scale fishery were:

  • There is little knowledge of the impacts the Chimbote and the Sechura small-scale fleets have over other ecosystem components, such as bycatch species and endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species.
  • Catch limits for the small-scale fleet need to be reinforced and landing and transportation controls need to be strengthened.
  • Transparency of science should continue to increase, so that information on the stock status in relation to its ecosystem reference points are readily available to the public.

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FIP Description 

Peruvian anchovy (Engraulis ringens) landings from the artisanal and small-scale fleets in Peru are used for Direct Human Consumption (DHC).  Compañía Americana de Conservas, iPrisco, and Leribe

FIP Objective(s) 
  • [COMPLETE] To demonstrate that the management system considers the ecosystem needs by August 2020.
  • [COMPLETE] To make improvements in the management system that would allow for the adoption of explicit ecosystem objectives and improved harvest control rules in the case of low biomass by April 2021.
  • [COMPLETE] To make management improvements and actions to maximize the respect of management rules by the artisanal and small-scale fleet and to improve traceability by October 2021.
  • [ON TRACK] To design and implement a Private Onboard Observers Program to help close information gaps regarding the Chimbote and Sechura small-scale fleet interactions with other ecosystem components, and, if necessary, devise proposals to mitigate them by December 2024.
  • [ON TRACK] To achieve a certifiable status by December 2024.
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2017
December 2024
Update 
[Update 31 July 2023]: Additional time is needed to achieve further changes in fishery's legislation. FIP partners will continue implementing the remaining FIP activities up to December 2024. [Update 14 April 2022] FIP partners have agreed to select and hire a CAB by June 2022. FIP partners will continue implementing the remaining FIP activities up to December 2022. [Update 12 August 2021] FIP partners have agreed to continue implementing the remaining FIP activities up to April 2022. [Update 27 January 2021] In July 2020, FIP partners agreed to extend the Action Plan to April 2021 in order to achieve a certifiable status for the fishery. [Update 23 April 2020] The Action Plan is currently under review, and will incorporate the results of the FIP's 3-year audit . FIP partners remain committed to the success of this project and will be defining a new estimated completion date shortly.
Next Progress Report Due 
Sunday, June 30, 2024
Species 
Common Name 
Anchoveta
Scientific Name
Engraulis ringens
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 87 (Pacific, Southeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Peru
Geographic Scope 
Chimbote, Sechura
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
19,129 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
77,463 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2022
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
CeDePesca
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Miguel Romero
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.
3446