ISSF: Small-scale Fishery Profile - Octopus small-scale fisheries in Sisal, Yucatan, Mexico

SSF Profile

Octopus small-scale fisheries in Sisal, Yucatan, Mexico | 2018
Fishery name Octopus small-scale fisheries in Sisal, Yucatan, Mexico
SSF Defined? Not explicitly
SSF Definition (if applicable)
Data time frame 2018
Contributor AliciaSM ( )
Contribution date 08/29/2019
Geographic Scope
Local Sisal, Yucatan Rural, less developed Mexico
Main Characteristics
Name Value Units
SSF type(s): Commercial
Ecosystem type(s): Marine
Ecosystem detailed type(s): Coastal
Term(s) used to refer to SSF: Artisanal
Main gear type(s): Other: jimbas
Main SSF vessel type(s): Wooden - 700 Vessels
Fibreglass - 602 Vessels
Average length of SSF vessel: 7 Metres
Typical engine size (HP): 60 Horsepower
Typical number of crew: 3 Crew members
Number of day fishing per year: 250 Days per year fishing
Total number of SS fishers: 942 Fishers
Percent of SS fishers full-time: 60 Percent
Percent of SS fishers women: 1 Percent
Total number of households in the location: 1245 Households
Percent of households participating in SSF: 70 Percent
Percent of household income from SSF (harvest and post-harvest: 80 Percent
Post-harvest activity(ies) in the location: Marketing/trading
Percent of women in post-harvest: 90 Percent
Percent of children in post-harvest: 20 Percent
Percent of total income or GDP in the location coming from SSF: Percent
Other non-fishing livelihood activities SS fishing people participate in: Small trade
Small own-business
Tourism-related activities
Wage/hired labour
SSF market and distribution channel(s): Retained for household consumption and given to family/friends - 10 Percent
Sold in local markets - 20 Percent
Sold to outside markets - 70 Percent
Number of years SSF have existed in the location: 51 to 100 years
How are SS fishers regarded by other members of society? Highly (fishers are well recognized for their contributions to the society)
Is fishing considered (by SS fishers) an occupation of last resort? No
Governance mode(s) in SSF: Top-down/hierarchical governance
Property rights held by SS fishers: Individual
Access held by SS fishers: Not secured
Key rules, regulations, instruments and measures used to manage SSF: License/permit
Seasonal closure
Gear restriction
Major concerns/issues affecting SSF (which make them vulnerable or threaten their viability: Ecosystem health (resource/environmental degradation, bycatch, destructive fishing practices, etc.)
Social justice (access, rights, fairness, equity, displacement, power, etc.)
Livelihoods (viability, wellbeing, health, etc.)
Markets (access, price, monopoly, etc.)
Ocean grabbing, privatization schemes
Poor governance (lack of accountability, transparency, rules of law, etc.)

Common species name: Octopus     Scientific/Latin species name: Octopus maya    Landings (t): 8863
Centro Regional de Investigacion Pesquera-INAPESCA- Yucalpeten Type: Co-op/society Scope: Local
External links
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