During the last 8 years, some fishers that we now represent Pesca ABC began to collaborate with government and non-governmental organizations in the design and evaluation of other fishing gear to offer more options to the fisheries sector of San Felipe. Some of these efforts have been documented by our partners and are a sample of our work.
Pesca ABC now part of ECOFT
Pesca ABC is part of ECOFT (Expert Committee on Fishing Technologies). The ECOFT was formed in July 2016 following a series of meetings and workshops addressing fisheries issues and conservation initiatives. Check out the assessment on Alternative Gear to Gillnets in the Upper Gulf of California.
Storied Seafood was developed by the nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific’s Seafood for the Future program in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center. The program highlights various perspectives and efforts throughout the seafood supply chain to address specific ocean conservation issues associated with seafood. Learn the perspective of the eco-minded fishermen of Pesca ABC interviewed for the vaquita conservation chaper of the Storied Seafood Program.
Vulnerability to gillnets
According to the Inapesca, a project with 2,053 spears proves conclusively that the blue shrimp (Litopenaeus stilyrostris) is vulnerable to the trawl net. Work in previous fishing seasons with more than 3,000 spears proves that for brown shrimp (Farfantepenaeus californiensis) is also vulnerable to the trawl net. This vulnerability for both species could only be demonstrated when there were no gillnets fishing simultaneously in the area. See the complete document.
Presence in new vaquita book
Fishermen of Pesca ABC were interviewed by author Brooke Bessesen when conducting research for the recently published book: Vaquita: Science, politics and crime in the Sea of Cortez.
RS-INP-MX Selective Net
Since 2008, we started working with Inapesca in the development and testing of the RS-INP-MX (acronym in Spanish for Selective Net of the National Institute of Fisheries of Mexico) selective net. This net will enable us to catch shrimp without affecting the vaquita.
In the summer of 2012, Inapesca and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the US government conducted joint tests to determine the efficiency of the selective net. At the time, tests were conducted with the help of experts from both institutions and fishers from Pesca ABC, catching an average of 38 kilograms of shrimp per trip. View full document.
Technologies for catching finfish species
Along with the use of the selective net, Pesca ABC works with government agencies and non-governmental organizations in the design and evaluation of other fishing gear to offer more options to the fisheries sector of San Felipe.
In 2012, Inapesca carried out a scientific cruise on board of UNICAP XVI fishing research vessel, in which 8 different fishing gears were tested. Findings show that the most promising fishing alternatives for the Upper Gulf of California are trawling fishing systems, longlines and pods. See Inapesca report.
In 2013, fishers from Pesca ABC worked with Pronatura Noroeste in assessing longlines as an alternative to fishing in the Upper Gulf, finding that the use of this type of gear is profitable for the region. View Pronatura report.
Between 2015 and 2016, fishers from Pesca ABC participated in the evaluation of fish pods, finding that the pods can be an efficient system for the Upper Gulf of California, but modifications are still required to increase profitability. View the report.
In 2016, at Pesca ABC we researched on what other countries are using and traveled to North Carolina, in the United States, to analyze the viability of stow nets. Fishing technicians from the Mexican and United States governments coordinated the journey. Results are very promising for the Upper Gulf. See report.