Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC)


During February and March 2021, a communication campaign to highlight relevant results was implemented in Mexico on the occasion of the closure of the project activities in this country. This campaign consisted of a series of publications, webinars, podcasts and interviews in different media to inform the general public of the progress in terms of sustainability that have been achieved in the shrimp trawling fishery. All of them, framed within the 4 components of the REBYC II LAC Project.

A series of webinars, which were broadcasted through INAPESCA's Zoom and Facebook-live platforms, showed the experience in the application of the ecosystem approach in the Pink Shrimp Fishery Management Plan, in Campeche. The works of the Consultative Committee of the fishery to improve Governance, generation of biological and socioeconomic information on the fishery for better management and the creation of links between different stakeholders were presented to a broad audience in order to promote an industry in harmony with the environment and that at the same time satisfies the employment and food security needs of the communities where it has been implemented.

In parallel, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico published the note: "REByC II-LAC, sustainability and use", highlighting that the project seeks to make trawl shrimp fisheries sustainable, minimizing discards and damage to the seabed through improvements in the regulatory framework, capture technologies and through development of processes for the transformation of resources that until now were considered as waste. Likewise, in the section “What's New at FAO”, the podcast “Sin desperdicio” interviewed Ana Teresa Sabasflores and Manuel Serafín, professors at the Centro de Educación Tecnológica del Mar de Campeche on alternative industrial processes developed for the use of bycatch.

It is expected that, with this type of initiatives, aimed at the dissemination of the different activities that the Project has been developing in recent years in Mexico, not only solutions can be implemented to tackle the multiple challenges that shrimp trawling entails as a productive activity, but also, experiences and learnings are shared that allow other fisheries to advance on their path towards sustainability and food security.

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Session 1 Acciones de Mejora en la Gobernanza en la pesca de Camarón  SESSION II: “Acciones Para El Enfoque Ecosistémico En La Pesca De Camarón”: SESSION III: “Acciones para el Bienestar Social y Mejoras Tecnológicas” en la pesca de camarón: en la liga: