The Philippine Association of Crab Processors, Inc. (PACPI) is a group of blue swimming crab (BSC) processing and exporting companies that operates mainly within the Visayas area. The association was founded in May 2009 in an effort to foster good relationship among the crab processing sectors and to support initiatives aimed at promoting blue swimming crab sustainability in the country. At present, 5 major companies operating in the Philippines are members of PACPI, representing the majority of the BSC industry players, and are actively providing financial support in the implementation of BSC sustainability projects. The following companies are members of PACPI:

  • Blue Star Food Products
  • Central Seafoods, Inc.
  • Phil-Union Frozen Foods, Inc.
  • RGE Agridev Corporation
  • Millenium Ocean Star Corporation (joined March 2015)

The Phillips Seafoods Philippines Corporation was also a member of PACPI. However, the company stopped its operations in 2012.

Goals

PACPI seeks to develop the common good and well-being of the blue swimming crab industry through:

  • Collaborative work with ¬†government ¬†institutions and the academe
  • Integrated approach to industry sustainability with various stakeholders
  • Active information and education campaign (e.g. press releases, community visits)
  • Achievement of harmonious business relationship among the members
  • Development of projects that could help protect and enhance the existing supply of blue swimming crab in the Philippine waters.
  • Partnerships and Support

PACPI believes in an integrated approach to crab management – that a sustainable BSC fishery can only be achieved through a combination of collaborative effort s of all industry players and stakeholders, coupled with well-informed policies and well-enforced ordinances. This principle is illustrated in the diagram at the right.

Milestones and Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs)

In 2013, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) signed the BSC Management Plan, the first of its kind in Asia. The following year, the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) on the Regulation for the Conservation of Blue Swimming Crab was enacted to give more teeth to the management scheme. PACPI coordinates with various sectors to support initiatives on the conservation of BSC through:

  1. Stock assessment
  2. Establishment of hatcheries for reseeding efforts
  3. Installation of holding cages for egg-bearing crabs
  4. Adoption of ecologically-sound gears for fishing

Principle

PACPI believes in an integrated approach to crab management – that a sustainable BSC fishery can only be achieved through a combination of collaborative effort s of all industry players and stakeholders, coupled with well-informed policies and well-enforced ordinances. This principle is illustrated in the diagram at the right.