Towards fishery certification

In Peru, the sea is a very important source of income. From seabird guano sales to industrial and artisanal fishing, marine resource management has always been decisive for the national economic growth. The anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) is a clear example in this regard. Thus, it is considered a global priority by WWF, since aside from supporting the largest fishery in the world, it also plays a key role in the eastern Pacific food chain. In spite of this, the many challenges in properly implementing legal frameworks to ensure the anchoveta’s sustainability have led to serious problems such as resource overexploitation.

WWF Peru aims by 2020 that key fisheries, such as anchoveta, mahi-mahi and tuna are managed under an ecosystem approach and with a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, which ensure a self-regulated industry and best management practices in extractive, processing and commercial activities.

WWF Peru is supporting the first steps towards the implementation of “Fishery Management Projects” that foster best management practices with emphasis on anchoveta – which market value can reach up to US$ 2 billion per year – and mahi-mahi – which catch size has recently doubled, reaching 50 thousand tons in 2011 – in the path towards a possible MSC

Fishing in Peru.