Philippines blue swimming crab - bottom-set gillnet & pot/trap (PACPI)

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Overview

The Philippines blue swimming crab is a cosmopolitan species in the coastal waters in the Philippines. This fishery is a significant sub-sector of the crustacean fishery. More than 90% of the catch is from municipal waters, caught within 15 km from the coastline by fishing boats weighing less than 3 gross tonnes. Entangling nets and crab trap/pot are generally used as fishing gears. The stock is steadily declining in volume and size as a result of the depletion of the spawning biomass. Hence, it is the aim of the FIP to rebuild the fishery to a sustainable level in the area of the Visayan Sea and nearby waters. 

The FIP works in an integrated approach through (1) collaborative work with government and NGOs, academia and other legal entities; (2) an active information and education campaign; (3) supply chain management; and (4) development of projects and policies that promote sustainability of blue swimming crabs. 

The MSC Fishery Standard is the guiding framework of the FIP. Priority projects and initiatives include assessment of stock status, stock enhancement initiatives (establishment of hatcheries and installation of holding cages for egg-bearing crabs), promotion of ecologically-sound gears, campaign awareness programs, capacity building of local communities and increasing support for the implementation of the Philippine blue swimming crab management plan of the government.

The FIP is being initiated by The Philippine Association of Crab Processors, Inc. (PACPI), a group of blue swimming crab processing and exporting companies that operate mainly within the Visayan area. The association was founded in May 2009 in an effort to foster a good relationship among the crab processing sector and to support initiatives promoting blue swimming crab sustainability in the country. At present, 6 of the 8 major companies operating in the Philippines are members of PACPI, representing ninety percent (90%) of the blue swimming crab industry, and are actively providing financial support in the implementation of blue swimming crab sustainability projects. The member companies of PACPI include:

  • Blue Star Foods Philippines
  • Byrd International Seafoods Cebu
  • Cebu Canning Corporation
  • Central Seafoods, Inc.
  • Phil-Union Frozen Foods, Inc.
  • RGE Agridev Corporation
FIP Description 

The Philippines blue swimming crab is a cosmopolitan species in the coastal waters in the Philippines. This fishery is a significant sub-sector of the crustacean fishery.

FIP Objective(s) 

The general objective of the FIP is to attain sustainability for Philippine blue swimming crab compliant with the MSC Fisheries Standard by 2021. In particular, it aims to:

  • Increase data collection efforts on the stock status and impacts of the Philippine blue swimming crab fishery to the environment 
  • Promote and implement activities to help revive the stock of the Philippine blue swimming crab to a sustainable level
  • Minimize the impacts of the Philippine blue swimming crab fishery to the environment through protection of habitats and adoption of ecologically-sound gears
  • Promote and establish multi-stakeholder approach in the implementation of management schemes
  • Perform other tasks relevant to the advancement of the Philippine blue swimming crab industry
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
May 2015
June 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Additional Names 
Alimasag, kasag, lambay
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Philippines (the)
Geographic Scope 
Visayan Sea and neighboring waters
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
13,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
29,000 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

68% 25% 7%
May 01, 2015
82% 14% 4%
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
A Advanced 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.
Jul 2019
Target End Date
Jun 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Philippine Association of Crab Processors, Inc.
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Marinelle S. Espino
Phone 
+63322394883
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