ECUADOR MAHI-MAHI FIP
Ecuador is a global leader in mahi production and supplies the U.S. with aproximately 26% of its imported mahi. A 2009 MSC pre-assessment of the country's mahi fisheries identified areas for improvement, including:
Uncertainty stock status
Lack of formal harvest strategy
Lack of bycatch data
Lack of effective management
In February, 2011, the National Action Plan for the Conservation and Management of the Mahi Mahi Fishery was adopted in Ecuador.
In September 2014, Sea Delight provided $5,000 to support the World Wildlife Fund Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) International Technical Workshop, which took place October 14-16, 2014, in Manta, Ecuador.
In October, 2014- Sea Delight signed an MOU with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) to support the Ecuador and Peru mahi mahi fishery improvement projects (FIPs), which aim to guide the longline mahi mahi industry on a path towards sustainability and ultimately Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. In March 2016, this MOU was renewed to bring Sea Delight’s FIP involvement with WWF in Peru, Ecuador, and Vietnam into alignment and it has been renewed ever since.
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Stephen Fisher Sustainability Director, Sea Delight