Hake Fishery Management Committee

Sustainable Fisheries

Capacity-building of Leaders and Fishing Organizations

OBJECTIVE: To achieve sustainable hake fishery management in the Gulf of California by working in partnership with 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 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. 

In 2012, COBI was invited by the Environmental Defense Fund’s Mexico chapter to participate in workshops for hake fishers in Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. COBI’s experience carrying out comprehensive processes for proper fishery management through artisanal and industrial fishing committees was crucial to the creation of the Hake Fishery Management Committee. By advising the committee, COBI helped it become stronger and develop an onboard hake fishery observers’ program.  COBI’s consulting project with the committee ended in 2016. Today, the committee continues operating with the support of Environmental Defense Fund-Mexico.

  • 8 fishery cooperatives
  • 3 new management zones: Puerto Peñasco and Guaymas in Sonora and San Felipe in Baja California
  • 1 process for the establishment of permits for legal fishery
  • 1 outline for shared management through fees
  • Comisión Nacional de Acuacultura y Pesca
  • Cooperativa Escameros y Camaroneros de Peñasco
  • Environmental Defense Fund de México
  • Federación Armadores del Alto Golfo
  • Instituto Nacional de Pesca
  • Pesquería Lunas Hermanos
  • Pesquería Gilmasa
  • Pesquería Delly
  • Pesquería Hipón
  • Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación Pesca
  • Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera General Alberto Oviedo Mota
  • Sociedad Cooperativa de Producción Pesquera Bahía de los Ángeles
  • Subsecretaría de Pesca y Acuacultura del Gobierno del Estado de Sonora
María José Espinosa



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