FIP Stage: 5 – Improvements on the Water
Last Updated: March 14, 2017
Nicaragua is the largest Caribbean spiny lobster fishery that supplies the United States. Thousands of Nicaraguans earn a livelihood through the fishery, from vessel owners and fishermen to packing plant employees. A critical issue challenging this fishery is the likelihood of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU) that weakens management of the resource and equitable access for local livelihoods. Concurrent issues are a lack of new or improved data on stock status, bycatch, and habitat impacts from lobster traps.
© Mac Stone | WWF-US
© Mac Stone | WWF-US
What We Are Doing
FIP efforts address governance, fishing practices, and environmental impacts of the fishery so it can meet the MSC standard. This work is steered by FIP Participants and FIP Stakeholders and includes:
- Working with artisanal fishers to gather lobster catch and bycatch data, applying new approaches to address the information gaps and inform management decisions.
- Improving information on artisanal catch to contribute towards government efforts of fishery data analysis for the ongoing work to assess the magnitude of IUU fishing.
- Engaging fishery stakeholders across the lobster supply chain, through workshops and meetings, to share best practices for fishery management and lessons learned.
- Working with local universities in key areas of research on habitat impacts of lobster traps, health of coral reefs, and ecosystem impacts to build on available data for fisheries management.
We encourage action across the supply chain to support FIP progress. A FIP Participant is an industry member that is part of the seafood supply chain for the FIP product and is actively engaged in supporting the FIP.
How Can I Become a FIP Participant?
PROGRESS AND ACTIVITY
The Marine Stewardship Council uses 28 performance indicators to assess the sustainability of fisheries. The chart represents the percentage of indicators that would likely pass, pass with conditions for improvement, or fail upon the fishery’s full assessment.
Nicaragua Lobster FIP Status
We use a step-wise process to evaluate the fishery’s performance and identify sustainability issues, and then to implement improvements and report results. Want to dive deeper into this FIP’s progress on each of the MSC performance indicators? Visit FisheryProgress.org.
We encourage active participation in improvement projects and engage stakeholders at all levels. Please contact our team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the contact form below.