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The following collection of resources provides more information on a variety of topics covered on this site.


A Snap From a FIP: Mahi Fishers in Peru Use Smartphones for Traceability
This video takes us on a tour inside capacity-building workshops in La Tortuga, La Islilla, and San Jose, where fishing cooperatives, which recently received Mahi-Mahi fishing permits, are being trained on the use of a smart application for documenting landings using mobile phones.
WWF and Royal Caribbean Support Responsibly Farmed Salmon in Chile
World Wildlife Fund is working with companies like Royal Caribbean to source farmed seafood certified to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Standard for environmentally and socially responsible aquaculture.
The Bahamas Sustainable Spiny Lobster Fishery
Since 2009, World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy have collaborated with The Bahamas Marine Exporters Association, Bahamas Department of Marine Resources and fishermen to ensure the health of the spiny lobster stock, reduce the impact of fishing on the marine environment, and improve the overall management of the fishery.
Sustainable Seafood with Chef Lucas
Since 2012, Hyatt and WWF have been working together to assess and improve the sustainability of seafood procured through the hotelier’s global operational footprint.
Securing a Sustainable Future for Peru’s Mahi Fishery
In Peru, WWF is working alongside U.S. retailers and restaurants, as well as local fishing communities, to strengthen the country’s mahi mahi fishery and the diverse life and livelihoods it supports.
Ocean to Plate: A Journey into the Seafood Supply Chain
World Wildlife Fund, Condition One and Google present a 360° video and virtual reality film project for Daydream Impact to show seafood loss and waste along the supply chain.


Seafood Markets Brochure

What sustainable seafood means to WWF and how we work with companies to transition seafood supply chains to more sustainable, responsible, and traceable food systems.

Endangered Marine Species Guide

A tool to help identify marine species of most common concern in seafood supply chains to help buyers make more responsible choices in their seafood purchasing.

Endangered Marine Species Guide, Spanish

A tool to help identify marine species of most common concern in seafood supply chains to help buyers make more responsible choices in their seafood purchasing. Spanish version.

Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Recommendations: Fisheries

A tiered stepwise approach to engaging fisheries in their transition to sustainability.

Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Recommendations: Fisheries, Spanish

A tiered stepwise approach to engaging fisheries in their transition to sustainability. Spanish Version. 

How to Support Fishery Improvement Projects

What a FIP is, why you should support a FIP, what it means to be a FIP participant, and a list of tools to help establish a FIP if one does not already exist.

Fisheries in Transition Guidelines

Guidelines defining Fishery Improvement Projects and Fishery Conservation Projects, including specific recommendations on implementing the guidelines.

Tuna Procurement Guidelines

Guidelines intended to provide a stepwise process to support tuna purchasers move toward sustainably sourced tuna product which are ultimately awarded the Marine Stewardship Council certification.

Traceability Principles for Wild-Caught Fish

Six principles intended to provide a basic framework for the effectiveness and successful implementation of traceability systems and for enabling transparency in wild-caught fish product supply chains.

IUU Rule Fact Sheet for Partners

An overview for partners of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program to address illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing products entering the U.S. market.

Marine Stewardship Council Quick Resources

Quick links to useful documents and tools from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) for seafood buyers and suppliers. Chinese version.






Fishery Improvement Project Fact Sheet

How a FIP works: the stepwise approach to identify sustainability issues in a fishery, implement improvements, and report on results. Brochure

About, the fishery improvement project progress tracking website

Fishery Improvement Project Handbook, English

Guidelines for developing fishery improvement projects. English version. 

Fishery Improvement Project Handbook, Spanish

Guidelines for developing fishery improvement projects. Spanish version.

Fishery Improvement Project Handbook, Bahasa

Guidelines for developing fishery improvement projects. Bahasa version.

Fisheries in Transition Financial Toolkit

Guidelines for financing fisheries in transition (FIT). This toolkit is a companion guide to the WWF FIP Handbook.

Basic Fishery Improvement Project Scoping Document Guidelines

Guidelines to help the user create a scoping document for a basic FIP to summarize the results of the rapid assessment and recommend strategies for addressing the fishery’s challenges.

Comprehensive Fishery Improvement Project Scoping Document Guidelines

Scoping document to recommend strategies to address the fishery’s challenges, as identified in the MSC pre-assessment.

Fishery Improvement Project Workplan Template

Document to outline the information that must be included in a FIP workplan.

Fishery Improvement Project Budget Template

Template to help build a budget for the cost a fishery improvement project.

Marine Stewardship Council Handbook

Guidelines for developing MSC pre-assessment and full assessment projects.

Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard v2.01

The MSC Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable; it reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science and management.

Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Certification Process v2.1

The MSC Fisheries Certification Process and the annexes define the process requirements for conformity assessment bodies (CABs) to assess fisheries against the MSC Fisheries Standard.

Marine Stewardship Council Pre-Assessment Template

The MSC pre-assessment is the first step in developing a FIP; It is required for comprehensive FIPs and recommended for basic FIPs.

OSMI Rapid Assessment Tool Template

The OSMI rapid assessment tool is a template designed to present key information about the fishery for general scoping or to facilitate movement of a fishery into an improvement project.


Aquaculture Stewardship Council Social Toolkit

This “toolkit” seeks to help companies and communities address the social challenges associated with salmon production in Southern Chile, in line with the social requirements of the ASC salmon standard.

Aquaculture Stewardship Council Quick Start Guide

How to get accredited? How to get certified? How to use the ASC logo?

MSC ASC Chain of Custody: Default Version

For single or multi-site organizations trading certified seafood such as a trader operating from one office or a processor with several factory locations.

MSC ASC Chain of Custody Guide: Group Certification

For organizations with a central office and many locations distributing, processing, or trading certified seafood such as cooperatives, franchises, and vertically-integrated companies.

MSC ASC Chain of Custody Guide: Consumer-Facing Organization

For retailers, restaurants, caterers and fresh fish counters of any size looking to sell MSC or ASC certified seafood directly to final consumers.


The Business Case for Seafood Sustainability

Exploring the economic and financial landscape of the seafood sector and the interventions needed to achieve more sustainable outcomes for companies, financers and seafood producing nations.

The Case for Precompetitive Collaboration

Exploring the concept of pre-competitive collaboration around sustainability using the NFI Crab Council, an industry-led association committed to ensuring the long-term viability of the blue swimming crab fishery, as a case study.

The Impact of Fishery Management on Buyer Profitability

Exploring the negative impacts of unsustainably managed fishery resources on seafood buyers and suppliers using the Southeast Asian blue swimming crab fishery as a test case.

The Business Case for Long Term Contracts

Exploring long-term contracting as a tool for catalyzing the transition to sustainable and resilient tuna fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean.

Farmed Shrimp Business Case

A business case for improved environmental performance in Southeast Asian shrimp aquaculture.


  • Fishery Progress website

  • Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) website

  • Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) website

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