WWF Peru publishes a historical-statistical report about the national mahi-mahi fishery



Posted on 15 January 2024
WWF Peru published the historical-statistical report of the Peruvian mahi-mahi fishery, corresponding to the period 2000-2022. This document offers basic information and statistics to the public to understand the development of this fishery and evaluate its long-term sustainability. 
 
This document is a descriptive analysis of official statistical information requested through the formal transparency process from the General Office of Impact Evaluation and Economic Studies (OGEIEE) of PRODUCE (Ministry of Production), PROMPERÚ (Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Exports and Tourism) and SUNAT (National Superintendence of Customs and Tax Administration). This report has been shared with the actors involved in the fishing sector to contribute to the required purposes.
 
The report provides a quantitative description of the mahi-mahi fishery, including aspects related to its capture, processing, and marketing. It also provides general aspects such as the current regulations of the activity and characteristics of the fleet. 
 
The document contains detailed information on landings figures (annual, by season, by port or place, and utilization) and processing (with emphasis on the reception and production of in-freezing plants). Likewise, in the marketing stage, data on domestic sales of the resource is presented, including the supply and prices of mahi-mahi sold in wholesale markets, as well as exports (volume, prices, main destination countries, and participation of exporting companies) and imports of frozen fish. 
 
The report highlights that during the 2000-2022 period, an average of 42,000 tons of mahi-mahi have been landed annually, with 2015 and 2021 being the years with the highest landings (PRODUCE, 2022). About the export of the resource, in the last 10 years, an average of 12,000 tons of frozen mahi-mahi have been exported annually, generating an average FOB value of US$90 million per year for the country.
 
"Mahi-mahi is the second most extracted resource by the artisanal fleet in the country, it generates thousands of jobs along the production chain and in export currencies annually. To achieve its sustainable use, it is essential to understand the historical development of this fishery, which will allow us to implement effective strategies and policies that promote resource sustainability and management", said Gilary Morales Tejeda, WWF Peru's Fisheries Improvement Project Officer.