Certifier : 
Bureau Veritas Certification
Certified status : 
Certified
Certified since : 
13 Sep 2016
Certificate expires : 
11 Mar 2027

Overview

Fisheries are composed of one or more parts, each of which is entitled to receive an MSC certificate. These parts or “units” are defined by their target stock(s), fishing gear type(s) and if relevant vessel type(s), and the fishing fleets or groups of vessels.

When the term “Unit of Certification” is used for fishing units that are in assessment, it refers to the “Unit of Assessment” or “Unit of potential certification”. Expand a status below to view the parts that form this fishery. To check the detailed scope, download the latest certificate or open the Assessments page to get the latest report. Find out more by visiting our page on Fisheries

Units of Certification & Certificate Information

  • Certified
    MSC UoC Number Species Gear Type Ocean Area Certificate Code
    UoC-1055 Blue squat lobster (Cervimunida johni) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1054 Blue squat lobster (Cervimunida johni) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1056 Blue squat lobster (Cervimunida johni) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1057 Carrot squat lobster (Pleuroncodes monodon) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1058 Carrot squat lobster (Pleuroncodes monodon) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1059 Carrot squat lobster (Pleuroncodes monodon) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1052 Chilean nylon shrimp (Heterocarpus reedi) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)
    UoC-1053 Chilean nylon shrimp (Heterocarpus reedi) Trawls - Bottom trawls 87 (Pacific, Southeast) MSC-F-31264 (F-BV-0424)

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Catch by Species

Species Reported Catch Year Metric Tonnes
Chilean nylon shrimp (Heterocarpus reedi) 2020 3,040
Carrot squat lobster (Pleuroncodes monodon) 2020 1,667
Blue squat lobster (Cervimunida johni) 2020 2,340

Information is provided by an independent Conformity Assessment Body as live weight (the weight of species at the time of catch, before processing) and where a fishing season covers multiple years, the end year is given as the reported catch year. Additional information is available in the latest report, see the assessments page.

Eligibility, client groups and vessel lists

A fishery may choose to define the members of the fishery certificate. These members may be vessels or other client group members (client group members may be companies that own vessels and/or companies that are named as eligible to handle product from that fishery).

Documents Published on Files
Vessel List 03 Apr 2020 1 files
List of client group members 17 Nov 2015 1 files

About this Fishery

Nylon shrimp and squat lobsters are targeted by trawling vessels along a large part of the Chilean coast.  

Traditionally, crustacean trawlers in Chile used two-panel trawl nets constructed from gear previously used in purse seine fisheries. Factors such as overall size, thick twines, heavy materials and small meshes resulted in poor performance and selectivity. This led to studies to improve the selectivity of the traditional trawl nets and a new design was developed in 2007. Only vessels using the newer, modified trawl gear are covered by the MSC certificate. 

The nylon shrimp fishery developed in the 1950s. In 1995, the fishery was found to be fully exploited and catch quotas were introduced. Since 1998 annual seasonal closure between July and August has been in force. Temporary closures of various areas have also been made since 2001. The Fisheries Development Institute (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero - IFOP) who support sustainable development of Chile’s fisheries have monitored the fishery since the 1970s. 

The squat lobster fisheries also started in the 1950s and have been subject to conservation measures since the 90s. Biological and seasonal closures, including complete closure of some areas for long periods, and catch quotas have all been introduced. There is an annual closed season between January and March. 

Market Information

The fishery's main markets are North America and Europe. Catch is quick-frozen, headed and peeled.