PERU MAHI-MAHI FIP
Peru, like Ecuador, is also a global leader in mahi production and a large source of mahi-mahi for the U.S. A 2012 MSC pre-assessment of the country's mahi fisheries identified areas for improvement, including:
uncertainty of stock status;
lack of a formal harvest strategy;
lack of data regarding catch and discard of incidental species;
lack of an effective management strategy at the national level;
lack of an international management system
In July of 2013, a FIP Action Plan Proposal was developed for the Peruvian mahi mahi fishery based on the results of the FIP Stakeholder meeting which took place in March of the same year. During a series of workshop held Paita, the main mahi mahi fishing port in Peru, and in Pucusana, attendees were able to provide feedback on the Action Plan Proposal. This Action Plan was finalized in November 2013, and it includes activities designed to address the deficiencies found during the pre-assessment.
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.
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Stephen Fisher Sustainability Director, Sea Delight