As you know, Inland supports the WWF's mahi mahi fishery improvement project (FIP) in Peru.

We wanted to share some recent information we received from WWF:

Peru’s Mahi Mahi fishery supports 4,200 fishermen, is a leading source of the world’s Mahi and a top exporter to the US. In 2017, Mahi exports to the US. generated over $90 million.

Recently, WWF signed an MOU with the Ministry of Production (PRODUCE), to work together to advance the FIP helping ensure the continuity and advancement of its activities despite high government turnover.

In addition, in collaboration with the Peruvian Institute of the Sea (IMARPE), WWF will prepare a monitoring plan for high seas fisheries, including Mahi.

WWF has also been developing a traceability system for Mahi in Peru, beginning with piloting a mobile app called TrazApp to capture catch data. Working with 3 fishing cooperatives and one landing site, the uptake has surpassed expectations: More than 300 vessel owners are already registered (40% of cooperative members), with nearly 200 regular users.

As a result, TrazApp is generating live information on a daily - even hourly - basis on the quantities of Mahi Mahi and its location. In the next phase, WWF plans to link the TrazApp with government systems across several agencies to ensure the information will be passed up the supply chain.

FIP Activities that are expected to occur over the next several months include:

•Implementing an observer program to monitor the catch of bycatch species including sharks, seabirds, and sea turtles;
•Continuing to scale up the use of TrazApp with fishers, landing sites, and processors;
•Working with the Peruvian government to adopt reference points and harvest control rules proposed by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and jointly manage the fishery with Ecuador.
 
To learn more about the WWF's activities in Peru, visit thier website: https://seafoodsustainability.org/portfolio/peru-mahi/