Improving understanding of different stocks in the Mexico Pacific artisanal shrimp fishery

Del Pacifico Seafood LLC and Mexican Pacific artisanal shrimp fishery

Amount: £41,342

This project will help the Mexican Pacific artisanal shrimp fishery to carry out improvements to make sure the shrimp population remains healthy and impacts on the marine environment are better understood.

The Mexico Pacific artisanal shrimp fishery targets three separate species - blue shrimp, white shrimp and brown shrimp - in the Southern Gulf of California.

The fishery is verified through the In-Transition to MSC program, making it eligible for the Transition Assistance Fund. The fishery aims to make improvements to the sustainability of their practices, with the aim of meeting the MSC Fisheries Standard and entering assessment in 2023.

What the project will do

The project will support the fishery to carry out a robust stock assessment to confirm whether the shrimp stocks are healthy and can continue to be fished at the level known as ‘maxiumum sustainable yield’.

Importantly, the stock analysis will provide previously unavailable data on each of the three shrimp species. This will make sure that each species is being fished at a sustainable level.

A new strategy will be put in place to monitor and record the fishery’s interactions with endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species. The fishery will also carry out research to better understand how the gear it uses interacts with the seabed.

We are a company with a very clear philosophy: Sustainability is profitability and also our way of life, always promoting high quality products extracted with the most artisanal techniques and with the least impact on the ecosystems.

Rubén Dario Castro Vega, CEO Del Pacifico Seafoods

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