Fishery Improvement Project (FIP)- Mahi-Mahi Fishery in Peru



Video Credit: Published by WWF Peru via YouTube

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, LLC and the Sea Delight Ocean Fund, 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.

Since 2014, SDOF has worked with NGOs, fishermen, and exporters to discuss the need for improved fishery management and communicate directly with the government to express the importance of the Peruvian mahi-mahi to the U.S. market. In May 2015, Sea Delight participated in the first Peruvian Mahi-Mahi Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) Progress Review meeting. Adriana Sánchez, Sea Delight Ocean Fund President and Sustainability Director at Sea Delight, gave a short presentation about the importance of seafood sustainability in the U.S. market.

The Sea Delight Ocean Fund supports these efforts by:

  • Helping Sea Delight engage their supplier in supporting these initiatives as well as maintaining communication with program leaders in how the industry can best support this project.
  • Work with Sea Delight suppliers, and collaborate with WWF in conducting a supply chain analysis for mahi mahi during the 2014-2015 fishing season.
  • Working towards implementing a billback program with Sea Delight's suppliers to develop a funding model and strategy to reward the efforts of fishers, vessel owners, consumers, exporters and importers prepared to work towards a more responsible fishery, and motivate others across the supply chain to do the same.
  • Provide funding to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help support activities within the FIP workplan for the 2015-2016 fishing season and beyond.