Management Committee of Fishing Resources Caught by Diving in Kino Bay, Sonora

Gulf of California Rocky Reef

Sustainable Fisheries

Capacity-building of Leaders and Fishing Organizations

OBJECTIVE: To achieve the sustainable management of fish caught by divers in Bahía de Kino by engaging fishers, academics, and civil society organizations. (Closed project)

Fisheries in Mexico are an important source of food, employment, and income, and they are crucial to the sociocultural identity of our coastal communities. Approximately 41% of the Mexican population lives in coastal communities that largely depend on this activity. There are around 350,000 coastal fishers and they contribute to 40% of total domestic production. Traditionally, coastal fishers join cooperatives, which are also members of federations and confederations.

Community management committees are in charge of some resources and fishing sites, and address local needs and situations. At COBI, we define committees as groups formed by marine resource users (mainly fishers), enterprises (mostly in the tourism sector), civil society organizations, academics, and government officials working together for the common good when it comes to marine conservation and/or sustainable fishery.

Essentially, these are spaces for dialogue, decision-making and collaboration to strengthen citizen participation. For these committees to be successful in the medium- and long-term, it is important to formalize and empower them.

In 2015, COBI supported the creation of the Management Committee of Fishing Resources Caught by Diving in Bahía de Kino, Sonora, to propose measures for the sustainable management of fishery resources to the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fishing. The commission is comprised of representatives of cooperatives and permit holders for coastal fishing for the following species: clam, scallops, blue crab, seashells, finfish and octopus.

Today, the committee works autonomously without external consulting, thus it is a success in sustainable fishery, with the aim of preserving a common good in the community.

  • 25 economic units
  • 1 representative of each cooperative, permit holders and purchasers
  • 1 proposal for the sustainable management of scallops
  • 1 assessment of the seashell fishery by INAPESCA
  • 3 integral management zones created in collaboration with COBI
  • 6 integral management zones run by the Committee
Luis Manuel Lugo, Eva Graciela Amaya y Roberto Ruiz


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