Restoring Mexico's Gulf of California
We bring catch shares to troubled fisheries on Baja Peninsula
Transforming the Gulf of California
The Gulf of California is one of the richest regions of the world in terms of fishing production and biodiversity. It hosts a great variety of marine species, from highly valued invertebrates, such as lobster or abalone, to big fish and marine mammals.
- There are just under 900 fish species in the Gulf of California
- Over 70% of Mexico’s fishing production comes from the Gulf of California
As in many biodiverse and productive fishing regions of the world, overfishing is a threat to both one of the richest large marine ecosystems of Mexico, as well as to the development and wellbeing of the people in the region.
Over 250 thousand families depend directly from fishing activities in the Gulf of California; and almost 2 million households depend on it indirectly.
In EDF de Mexico we are working towards healthy and resilient marine ecosystems, while improving the economic wellbeing of the fishing communities depending on them.
In collaboration with fishing communities, fisheries managers, academia and other civil society organizations we seek to implement an innovative approach for managing fisheries called catch shares, for selected fisheries in the Gulf of California.
Catch shares: Fishing less, maximizing value and stabilizing fisheries
Catch Shares are a fisheries management approach with demonstrated success in helping fisheries all around the world recover while promoting stable and sustainable economic growth.
Catch shares result in fisheries recovery, and long term sustainability of marine resources. It is an approach that works because fishermen can earn more by catching less.
Our work in the Gulf of California
EDF de Mexico works to ensure that ecologically and economically important fisheries in the Gulf of California are on a durable path to recovery. Specifically, we focus on:
- Fishing access rights: Promoting changes to the legal framework that will encourage sustainable fisheries management plans through the promotion of long-term permits (fishing permits and concessions).
- Finding market solutions: Using market incentives to increase the value of fisheries, instead of taking a higher volume of fish out of the ocean.
- Supporting science: Funding scientific research for each region, to get more and better information about fisheries in the Gulf of California.
- Knowledge transfer and exchange: Exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas with our partner organizations, so we can design, implement and evaluate catch shares programs that suit the needs of all stakeholders—especially local fishermen.