Committees and Alliances for Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fishery

Capacity-building of Leaders and Fishing Organizations

Public Policy

OBJECTIVE: To achieve the sustainable management of marine and fishery resources with all stakeholders involved in their use (fishers, academia, government, companies, and civil society organizations, among others).


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 also are 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. 

We have helped with the consolidation of four committees for fishery management, in addition to a multi-sector alliance:

  • 4 committees for fishery resources management in the Gulf of California
  • 1 multi-Sector alliance in the state of Quintana Roo
  • +4 civil society organizations involved
  • Alianza Kanan Kay
  • Comité de administración de recursos pesqueros capturados por buceo de  Bahía de Kino
  • Comité local de Pesca y Acuacultura de Puerto Libertad
  • Comité de apoyo para la Isla San Pedro Nolasco

María José Espinosa Romero

This project is constantly evolving, and your support is key to making an impact on marine conservation and sustainable fishery. The following list details our current project needs. You can also donate directly to COBI by contacting our donations team: Let’s all do our part!

  • Media interested in reporting on the Committee and Alliances
  • Donations and funding to support operating costs of the Committees and Alliances
  • Volunteers with relevant knowledge, skills, or experience
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