Transforming fisheries towards a more sustainable future
Mexico is one of largest seafood producers worldwide. The country has an annual production of over 1,750 MT of fish, which makes it the 17th largest global producer. In Mexico, more than 350 thousand people depend directly on fishing for a living, and millions of Mexicans rely on fish to acquire high quality protein food. Besides, the country has a great potential to become a leading role of sustainable fishing for other countries to follow and do a sustainable fishing reform.
Groundbreaking evidence by EDF, UCSB and Mexican experts, reports that with a proper sustainable management and fighting illegal fishing, the sector could have $211 billion USD in profits every, and over 70% more fish in in the water.
That is the reason why Mexico is among the 12 government units on which EDF is developing its global strategy, so we can have more fish in the water, more food on the plate and more prosperous communities.
Our work in Mexico
Our vision is to make Mexico a leading country in sustainable fishing.
Since 2009, we have been working in Mexico –along with governmental agencies, fishermen, buyers, scientists and other non-profit organizations- on the transformation of fishing policies and practices towards a more sustainable fishing. In order to achieve that, we focus on:
- Fishing 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.