Santa Rosalia Multi-Species Fishery Improvement Project

EcoWB is embarking on a new, multi-species Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) with local stakeholders in Santa Rosalia, BCS, Mexico. Our highly experienced team of volunteers is currently scoping out this FIP project. There are three major phases, as prescribed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and other NGOs interested FIPs.

Stakeholder Mapping

SR website update photo 2The first step in the FIP process is to completely understand and document all the stakeholders in the fishery. EcoWB has established a relationship with local stakeholders through our previous work in Santa Rosalia. We are currently in the process of fully documenting all stakeholders and developing a plan for coordinating with all relevant parties.

Pre-Assessment of Fishery

EcoWB is proposing that fisheries biologists from EcoWB will develop and implement a strategy to collect data that can be used to conduct a preliminary assessment of the artisanal fisheries in Santa Rosalia and surrounding areas with respect to the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) “Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing.”  Species composition and production data, catch, effort, and fishing methods data will be collected in the vicinity of Santa Rosalía, San Bruno and Mulegé with the help of local fishermen, ITESME students, and other researchers. Other data sources will also be researched to describe the biology, history of the fisheries, stock status, environmental setting, current threats, management system, regulations, and economic value of fish species that are targeted by local fishermen.All available data will contribute to the Pre-Assessment.

FIP Action Plan

Based on the Pre-Assesment, and depending on agreement of the stakeholders, EcoWB is proposing to eventually assist in developing an Action Plan that will guide improvements in the fishery. We will follow prescribed methods for Plan development and for tracking and bench-marking progress toward sustainability.