Analysing Blue Justice: The implementation of sanitary standards in Peruvian scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) small-scale fisheries from Sechura Bay (Northern Peru)


Peru is one of the world’s leading fish countries. Peruvian small-scale fisheries (SSF) and their sustainable development are pivotal for Peruvian food security, economy and culture. Sechura Bay hosts a flourishing mariculture sector that accounts for 80% of the Peruvian scallop (Argopecten purpuratus) national production. The value chain for this resource follows an export-oriented market approach demanding high requirements of sanitary standards that have restructured the business.  (Schlüter, 2021)  proposes that for the case of Sechura and due to the demands of the international scallop market, the standards hold an important role in excluding SSF operating in bottom culture. Using a Blue Justice lens, my research will examine this hypothesis and describe how implementing sanitary standards have affected SSF actors. In addition, my research will study what constitutes acceptable governance processes building from their empirical experience. This presentation will cover the progress of my thesis work. First, I will present a general overview that justifies the Blue Justice theoretical framework. Then, I will explain my method choices. Finally, I will present preliminary findings.

Short Bio:

Micaela González Roca is pursuing a Master's in Environmental Governance at the University of Freiburg.  She is writing her master's thesis in collaboration with ZMT. Her thesis is co-directed by Achim Schlüter. Previously, she worked in the public environmental sector in Peru after obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru).