Seafood is one of the most globally traded food commodities, and demand for it continues to rise. As a result, levels of fishing in many areas of the world are becoming increasingly unsustainable, and the list of endangered marine and freshwater species grows ever longer. Companies are increasingly willing to work with governments and conservation groups to shift the seafood market toward more sustainable and responsible sourcing. At the same time, though, some companies have yet to ban endangered species from their supply chains—a bare minimum requirement on the path to sustainability.
Fishery Improvement Projects
A fishery improvement project (FIP) draws together fishers, industry, researchers, government and NGOs to help improve fishing practices and management. Through a transparent and comprehensive approach, FIPs aim to increase a fishery’s performance and help it meet the requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard.
Across the seafood supply chain, WWF is working with retailers, food service companies, manufacturers, and suppliers to responsibly source seafood from fisheries that are MSC certified. By encouraging non-certified fisheries to improve their practices and ultimately meet the MSC standard, seafood buyers can help increase the performance of their source fisheries and decrease negative impacts on the water.
By supporting FIPs, WWF and its partners are helping to conserve marine ecosystems and protect the livelihoods of the millions of people who depend on them.
FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
G-FAST FISHERY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
While WWF has primarily engaged in sustainability efforts with major global tuna brands, retailers, and consumers, The Global FIP Alliance for Sustainable Tuna (G-FAST) model aims to improve sustainability practices through directly engaging with tuna fishing vessel owners in formal comprehensive FIPs.
This model is successfully demonstrating that motivated fishers — uniquely positioned at the beginning of the supply chain — are effective agents for developing best practices and implementing successful improvements in gear and procedures.
FisheryProgress makes verified fishery improvement project (FIP) progress information accessible and reliable for hundreds of industry and NGO users. To learn more about FIP progress, visit FisheryProgress.org
Scoping & Development
The fishery’s performance is evaluated against the MSC standard and stakeholders are recruited to participate in the project.
Workplan & Launch
Project participants and workplan are finalized and posted publicly. An associated budget must be adopted by the participants.
Stakeholders work together to address the fishery’s shortcomings, track progress publicly, and course correct if needed.
Improvements in Fishing Practices or Management
The fishery has modified fishing practices, or improved fisheries policy or management.