Sri Lanka blue swimming crab - bottom gillnet

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Overview

The Sri Lanka blue swimming crab fisheries improvement project (FIP) is a tripartite initiative that brings together small scale fishermen from four districts (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Puttalam), seafood companies (Taprobane Seafood Group Pvt Ltd and CM Blue Crab Pvt Ltd) and government agencies (Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the National Aquatic Resources Agency). The FIP is designed, coordinated, implemented, monitored, and internally evaluated by pelagikos pvt ltd.

The target stocks are blue swimming crab (Portunus pelagicus) populations in the Palk Bay (northern Sri Lanka) and the Gulf of Mannar (northwestern Sri Lanka). The fishing method is bottom-set crab nets (approximately 1 kilometer long and 50 cm high). The fleet of vessels pursuing the stock comprises in the region of 4,500 fibre-reinforced plastic boats with outboard engines, operating from 76 landing centres in the two fisheries. All the vessels are registered and the fishermen have operating licences.

The FIPs goal aim is to improve the biological and ecological status of the fisheries in the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar to a level equivalent to sustainably managed fisheries and put in place and implement management measures that will maintain this status now and in the future.

FIP Description 

The Sri Lanka blue swimming crab fisheries improvement project (FIP) is a tripartite initiative that brings together small scale fishermen from four districts (Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Puttalam), seafood companies (Taprobane Seafood Group P

FIP Objective(s) 

The FIP's objective is to enter full MSC assessment in 2020, and seeks to achieve certification by December 2021

FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 5: Improvements on the Water
Start and Projected End Dates
November 2013
December 2021
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, November 30, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
Blue Swimming Crab
Scientific Name 
Portunus pelagicus
Gear Type 
Bottom Gillnet
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 51 ( Indian Ocean, Western)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Sri Lanka
Geographic Scope 
Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar
Country Flag of Vessel 
Sri Lanka
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
10,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
10,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
December 2018
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FIP at a Glance

29% 71%
November 01, 2013
75% 25%
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.
Nov 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2021

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
pelagikos private limited
Organization Type 
Consultant
Primary Contact 
Steve Creech
Phone 
00 94 77 35 83 135
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