Philippines blue swimming crab - pot (Saravia Blue Crab)

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Overview

The management area of Northern Iloilo Province blue swimming crab (BSC) fishery is the waters of the Guimaras Strait and the Visayan Sea, 15km off of the Iloilo Province. The province occupies the central and eastern section of Panay island in the Western Visayas region (region VI). These are the waters of nine municipalities from Carles in the north to Banate in the south and are reserved for the fishers of each municipality. The fleet comprises 395 vessels and gear type are low-impact pots. Crab from the fishery is processed by Saravia Blue Crab and their associated picking plants and imported by Harbor Seafood. This is a supply chain driven FIP with the tight relationships between processor, picking plant, and fishers being leveraged to track vessels to determine fishing grounds, collect catch data, ensure only pots with a minimum 12cm diameter are used, and that juvenile crabs and berried females are returned to the sea along with any ETP species. Fishers are families, usually husband and wife, and are paid a market premium for following responsible fishing practices.

FIP Description 

The management area of Northern Iloilo Province blue swimming crab (BSC) fishery is the waters of the Guimaras Strait and the Visayan Sea, 15km off of the Iloilo Province.

FIP Objective(s) 
  • The Northern Iloilo Province Blue Swimming Crab (BSC) FIP serves as a catalyst for further stakeholder participation with a goal of adding NGO, Government, and other industry stakeholders, by the end of 2020.
  • Have up to 20 percent of the fleet tracked with vessel tracking systems and daily catch data from each tracked vessel to better spatially visualize and understand the fishery by the end of 2019.
  • Conduct surveys and research to better understand the impact the fishing activity has on the marine ecosystem, ETP species, other aquatic species, and by-catch by the middle of 2020.
  • Reduce the capture of undersized crab and berried (gravid) females thru better community-led education and enforcement by the end of 2021.
  • Development of fishing community-led, implemented and enforced no-take zones and partial fishery closure times by the end of 2021.
FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
July 2018
December 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 71 (Pacific, Western Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Philippines (the)
Geographic Scope 
Iloilo Province
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
630 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
800 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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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
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Actions Complete
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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.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2021
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Saravia Blue Crab, Inc
Organization Type 
Industry
Primary Contact 
Alfonso Gamboa
Organization Name 
Fishery Networks
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Timothy Hromatka
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