MEXICAN GROUPER FISHERY UNDERGOES MSC PRE-ASSESSMENT

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Ian Scott, Lead Assessor for Intertek Fisheries Certification (formerly Intertek Moody Marine) traveled to Merida, Mexico to conduct an MSC pre-assessment of the Mexican Grouper Fishery between March 24th and 26th, 2014. He was joined by Adriana Sánchez-Lindsay, Sea Delight’s s Sustainability Coordinator, Ernesto Godelman, President at CeDePesca (Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries), and Daniel and Rodrigo Gamboa, owners of Atlantida del Sur, S.A.

A series of interviews with representatives from various sectors of the industry were conducted: the Yucatan State Secretariat of Rural Development, the National Commission for Aquaculture and Fisheries (CONAPESCA);  the Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV ), the Regional Center for Fisheries Research (CRIP-INAPESCA),  the Grouper System (supply chain) Committee,  the Regional Federation of Fishing Cooperatives Central-West of the State of Yucatan, and an intermediary fish buyer from Sisal.

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Artisanal fleet, port of Sisal

Artisanal fleet, port of Sisal

The MSC pre-assessment evaluation will be available in mid May, at which time a workplan will be developed and a stakeholders meeting will be coordinated in order to present the results of the MSC pre-assessment and move forward with the development of activities stated in this workplan.