PROSPECTIVE Mexico Sonora white clam - hookah

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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 white clam (Dosinia ponderosa) semiautonomous Hookah diving fishery from the Puerto Peñasco, Sonora region of the Northern Gulf of California, has become important in recent years due to its abundance and growing market interest. The average annual catch of around 150 metric tons is generated by 18 licenses (boats) distributed between 4 cooperatives and 8 individual licensees. This fishing effort is focused on harvesting two main clam beds, evaluated by INAPESCA as a healthy population capable of sustainable management using a total allowable catch and individual cuotas which they have already determined.

The objective of this Prospective FIP is to encourage fishery stakeholders to set up and launch a Basic or Comprehensive FIP for the fishery that will: (1) improve performance indicators of the MSC standards for this fishery; (2),  improve producers’ access to markets, and (3) increase benefit to society and the marine ecosystem and lead to long term sustainability.

Currently this FIP has support from:

  • Grupo de Trabajo para el Diseño y Registro del Proyecto de Mejora Pesquera FIP Almeja blanca (Dosinia ponderosa) de Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, México.
  • Instituto Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca
  • Instituto de Acuacultura del Estado de Sonora
  • Subsecretaría de Pesca y Acuacultura del Estado de Sonora.
FIP Description 

The white clam (Dosinia ponderosa) semiautonomous Hookah diving fishery from the Puerto Peñasco, Sonora region of the Northern Gulf of California, has become important in recent years due to its abundance and growing market interest.

FIP Type 
Prospective
FIP Stage 
Stage 1: FIP Development
Species 
Common Name 
Clam spp.
Scientific Name 
Dosinia ponderosa
Additional Names 
White Clam, Ponderous Dosinia Clam
Gear Type 
Diver-Caught
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 77 (Pacific, Eastern Central)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Mexico
Geographic Scope 
Northern Gulf of California
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FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO)
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Nelida Barajas
Email 
Phone 
+51 638 382 0113
Enter the public contact information for up to two leaders of the FIP. This information will be displayed on FisheryProgress.org for users who want to contact the FIP.
Expiration Date 
June 2021