National Diagnostic of Fishery Organizations


Gulf of California Rocky Reef

Mesoamerican Coral Reef

Public Policy

OBJECTIVE: To understand the history and current status of fishery organizations in Mexico, and to develop tools – which can be used by the organizations and the government – to evaluate the organizations. With better assessments, the organizations can strengthen their work and develop recommendations for expanding sustainable fishery.


Good fishing practices are of utmost importance to food safety, especially in developing countries. In Mexico, fishery, besides being a productive activity, is a way of life for entire communities. One of the biggest challenges facing fishery in Mexico is that there is a wide variety of stakeholders and groups seeking to understand, manage, and participate in the sector. But we are lacking information about some key aspects in order to keep moving forward.

At the community level, cooperatives and permit holders are the legal figures that the fishers use to organize themselves. However, there is not enough data on the number of cooperatives that also participate in bigger organizations, like federations and confederations.

In 2015, with the goal of performing a diagnostic, COBI established a strategic alliance with Duke University and the Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajá, along with key stakeholders from fishery organizations. We have worked with cooperatives and federations affiliated with the two main fishery confederations in Mexico: The National Confederation of Fishery Cooperatives (CONACOOP) and the Mexican Confederation of Fishery and Aquaculture Cooperatives (CONMECOOP).

The project not only seeks to understand how fishing activities are organized in Mexico, but also collects key data that can be used for improving the industry’s organizational practices. In other words, the project aims to determine how the fishery sector can most effectively organize, in order to develop recommendations for the common good, as well as the conservation of the ocean and its resources.

  • 2 national confederations included in the diagnostic:

    CONMECOOP brings together 24 fishery federations representing 322 cooperatives and 10,578 fishers

    CONACOOP brings together 35 fishery federations, representing 630 cooperatives

  • 100% of the 17 coastal states in Mexico have been included in the diagnostic.
  • 40 interviews with federation presidents partnered with CONACOOP
  • Confederación Mexicana de Cooperativas Pesqueras y Acuícolas (CONMECOOP)
  • Confederación Nacional Cooperativa Pesquera (CONACOOP)
  • Nicholas School of the Environment, Universidad de Duke
  • Sociedad de Historia Natural Niparajá A.C.
Jaime López

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!

  • Volunteers who can survey fishers, permit holders and cooperatives in the 17 coastal states of the country
  • Donations and funding for the National Diagnostic of Fishery Organizations
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