PROSPECTIVE Argentina Brazilian flathead - bottom trawl

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What is a Prospective FIP?
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for active FIPs within one year. These projects are posted on FisheryProgress to help users identify opportunities to support developing FIPs and prevent the start of duplicate FIPs. Prospective FIPs are not yet demonstrating progress toward sustainability.

The Brazilian flathead (Percophis brasiliensis) has a wide latitudinal distribution from 23° S in Brazil to 47° S in Argentina. This species constitutes the most abundant component of the total landings of demersal coastal fish assemblage in Argentina. The highest concentrations off the Argentinean coast occur in spring, between 39° and 41° S.

The maximum size observed is about 70 cm in total length, but the most frequent sizes in the catches are in the range of 25 to 60 cm.

The Brazilian flathead is caught by all three fleets (inshore, coastal, and deep-sea), using bottom trawls. It is used as skinless and boneless fillet, frozen for the external market and fresh for the domestic market.

Mar del Plata port is the main landing port for this specie. In 2021, landings of Brazilian flathead reached 7,275 tonnes, of which 7.209,6 tonnes were landed in Mar del Plata port (MINAGRI, 2021).

Simplot Australia have decided to partner with CeDePesca to design a FIP, with the ultimate goal of achieving a certifiable status for the Brazilian flathead.

FIP Description 

The Brazilian flathead (Percophis brasiliensis) has a wide latitudinal distribution from 23° S in Brazil to 47° S in Argentina.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 0: FIP Identification
Common Name 
Brazilian Flathead
Scientific Name
Percophis brasiliensis
Gear Type 
Bottom Trawl
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 41 (Atlantic, Southwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone, waters under federal jurisdiction.

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Organization Name 
Simplot Australia
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
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.
Expiration Date 
October 2023