Meet the fishers
Meet the Mexico Baja California red rock lobster fishers
In April 2004, the federation of fishing cooperatives, FEDECOOP, on the Pacific coast of Mexico made history by becoming the first community-based, developing world fishery to be certified under the MSC programme.
The fishery is composed of nine fishing cooperatives distributed over 10 villages along the central Pacific coast of Baja California in Northwestern Mexico. The Baja California red rock lobsters are caught in traps by 500 fishermen.
“Generation after generation, our community has made its living from the lobster fishery,” said . “We have always been interested in sustainable fisheries and the results of the culture of cooperation and care for the marine resources by many generations are now evident in this sustainable lobster fishery. The fishing cooperatives have maintained a close collaborative relationship with the management authorities which has resulted in a consensus based co-management system.”
“The spiny lobster fishery between Isla Cedros and Punta Abreojos in the North Pacific region, now certified as sustainable, can teach us how to capitalize on globalization,” Luis Bourillon, executive president of Comunidad y Biodiversidad, said in a 2004 World Wildlife Fund press release. “These organized fisheries will demonstrate to the rest of Mexico, Latin American and the world how a small business can benefit from global markets while supporting community development.”
The certification has provided FEDECOOP with an opportunity to access buyers in Europe, Asia and the United States, competing in an increasingly globalized market while maintaining the traditional livelihoods and lifestyle of their members.
For more information, visit the FEDECOOP website.