Mahimahi – Ecuador, Longline
Mahimahi produce many eggs, grow quickly, and reach sexual maturity at a young age, making them resilient to fishing pressure. No formal population assessments have been completed in any region, so their current population sizes are not known.
Mahimahi are caught by a variety of fishing gears including longlines. This type of fishing also captures a number of other species, including sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and sharks.
In Ecuador, a new management plan for Mahimahi was adopted, which includes several measures to protect Mahimahi, such as a minimum size limit and seasonal fishery closure, as well as measures to reduce bycatch of vulnerable species. Because of these new management efforts, this fishery is rated yellow.