Southwest Madagascar octopus - diving & gleaning

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Overview

Renowned for its exceptional marine and coastal biodiversity, southwest Madagascar is also home to a rapidly increasing population, experiencing very high levels of poverty. Coastal communities in the region are highly dependent on marine fisheries for subsistence and income, as well as being extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and of competition with foreign fishing vessels. In this context, delivering sustainable fisheries management has never been more important.

Octopus fishing is a crucial livelihood for the Vezo coastal communities, particularly women, for whom there are few other ways of earning money. Most octopus is sold to village middlemen and ultimately exported to foreign markets by two principal seafood export companies. The fishery is a key driver of economic activity and is of critical importance in the region.

This FIP, representing the first of its kind in Madagascar, aims to encourage responsible use of the local octopus population, securing long-term economic benefits for communities and businesses, and accessing global markets interested in high quality, responsibly sourced octopus.

FIP Description 

Renowned for its exceptional marine and coastal biodiversity, southwest Madagascar is also home to a rapidly increasing population, experiencing very high levels of poverty.

FIP Objective(s) 

In creating a robust and sustainable management framework, the FIP will ensure that:

  • Good management stewardship and husbandry of the octopus resource is the status quo

  • The octopus resource remains a stable and productive driver of food and income for generations to come.

  • Positively improved catch handling and fishery interactions with the supply chain are developed

  • The fishery products are linked to more rewarding markets, ensuring that communities are given a fairer price for their catch

  • The value of the product is maximized, bringing more money into the community for much-needed amenities and more income to fishing families to drive a higher standard of life.

  • By January 2022 we expect the fishery to have reached a score of 80 or above for each of the performance indicators measured in the pre-assessment 

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
January 2019
January 2022
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, September 30, 2019
Species 
Common Name 
Day Octopus
Scientific Name 
Octopus cyanea
Additional Names 
Day Octopus, Big Blue Octopus, Cyane's octopus
Gear Type 
Diver-Caught
Hand Gathered
Harpoon
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 51 ( Indian Ocean, Western)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Madagascar
Geographic Scope 
Atsimo Andrefana, Velondriake LMMA
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
300 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
900 metric tons
Volume Date 
February 2019
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FIP at a Glance

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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
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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.
Sep 2019
Target End Date
Jan 2022

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Blue Ventures
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
David Parker
Phone 
07816402142
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