Published: 21 December 2015
Last edited: 07 May 2018
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To address the need for proper management of fisheries waste, members of the fishing community El Caracol in Guasave, Sinaloa state, founded Grupo Crustil - a small-scale processing enterprise. The group uses discards from artisanal fisheries to produce fishmeal. The process creates opportunities for alternative income generation, maximises product utilization and mitigates environmental impacts.


North America
Scale of implementation
Marine and coastal ecosystems
Marine litter
Waste management
Sustainable development goals
SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
SDG 14 – Life below water
Aichi targets
Target 4: Sustainable production and consumption
Target 8: Pollution reduced
Target 15: Ecosystem restoration and resilience


El Caracol in Guasave, Sinaloa, México


  • Fisheries waste polluting ecosystems and lacking waste management strategy
  • Accumulation of fisheries waste in estuaries, canals and at the beach
  • Lacking employment opportunities in the community
  • Lacking awareness in the community for suitable handling of fisheries waste


Women and men employed as project staff as well as the local community

How do the building blocks interact?



  • The accumulation of fisheries waste in the estuary, canals and beach is declining. Grupo Crustil processes about 1,000 tons of waste per year! This also reduces the contamination and the risk for infections and diseases.
  • In addition, the enterprise and its activities lead to a change in the community members’ attitude towards reducing the contamination of the estuary, canals and beach. The local population became sensitized for the importance of sustainable fisheries waste management and its impacts on their own health.
  • The members of the group that run the project are no longer fishermen but dedicate all their time to the enterprise. This generates an alternative and productive activity with the creation of new employment opportunities for the entire community: 3 staff in the low season and between 10 to 15 staff in the high season.



Contributed by

Cecilia García Chavelas


Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Islas del Golfo de California
Edi Noé Ruelas Cervantes