Fishery Improvement Project Opportunities

Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) are a key tool used to improve the sustainability of fisheries around the globe. FIPs bring suppliers, retailers, and foodservice companies together with conservation groups and scientific experts to address environmental challenges in a fishery and work toward sustainability standards, public policy upgrades, and other interventions. By supporting FIPs, seafood businesses not only show a commitment to improving seafood sources and responsible business practices, but they are also able to maintain or widen the diversity of their seafood offerings.

Supply chain members interested in engaging with a FIP can become formal participants by providing funds/in-kind support and/or by contributing to activities in the FIP’s workplan. Businesses can also provide additional support by taking action on specific, time-bound needs that individual FIPs have requested on FisheryProgress. These engagement opportunities are listed on the "Details" tab of a FIP’s profile (register/login and view ‘Engagement Opportunities’ under the 'Details' tab on the top right). 

The following FIPs have identified engagement opportunities; please click on the FIP names below to learn more about the specific opportunity and how to support seafood improvements.

Belize spiny lobster - free-diving and casitas

FIP Profile: Belize spiny lobster - free-diving and casitas

Seafood Species: Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Engagement Opportunity Name: Seeking buying partners to be active participants in Belize Spiny Lobster FIP+FDM

How to Get Involved: Send email to Momo Kochen at mkochen@futureoffish.org or Julie Robinson jrobinson@tnc.org.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Participating in developing a Blended Finance Strategy for the Belizean Lobster FIP
How to Get Involved: Contact Marah Hardt on mhardt@futureoffish.org to discuss opportunities for engagement and contribution.

Chile common hake - bottom trawl

FIP Profile: Chile common hake - bottom trawl

Seafood Species: Pacific Hake

Engagement Opportunity Name: Join the Chile common hake FIP

How to Get Involved: To get involved, please contact Alejandra Cornejo (alejandra.cornejo@cedepesca.net). New partners will sign a Memorandum of Understanding containing the terms of joining the FIP, and will be briefed on current progress as well as on opportunities to participate in the implementation of the FIP Action Plan.

Honduras Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

FIP Profile: Honduras Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

Seafood Species: Caribbean Spiny Lobster

 

Engagement Opportunity Name: Become an active FIP Participant

How to Get Involved: US-based companies can sign up as a FIP participant here. Companies based in Honduras should contact Maria Amalia Porta (MPorta@wwfca.org) to become a FIP participant.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Establish a traceability system for spiny lobster

How to Get Involved: Contact Wendy Goyert from WWF (wendy.goyert@wwfus.org) for specific information on how to get engaged in ongoing traceability efforts.

Indonesia blue swimming crab - gillnet/trap

FIP Profile: Indonesia blue swimming crab - gillnet/trap

Seafood Species: Blue Swimming Crab

Engagement Opportunity Name: Join the FIP

How to Get Involved: Contact FIP lead, APRI, for further information

Engagement Opportunity Name: Provide funding to support FIP activities

How to Get Involved: Contact FIP lead, APRI, for further information

Indonesia Makassar Strait snapper and grouper - longline and dropline

FIP Profile: Indonesia Makassar Strait snapper and grouper - longline and dropline

Seafood Species: Emperor Snapper, Malabar Blood Snapper, Spotted Grouper

Engagement Opportunity Name: Become an active FIP participant

How to Get Involved: Contact the point person for this FIP, Agus Saputra of Kemilau Bintang Timur (agus@kbtseafood.com) or companies can reach out to SFP who can communicate the message to all FIP Participants.

Ireland brown crab - pot/trap

FIP Profile: Ireland brown crab - pot/trap

Seafood Species: Brown Crab

Engagement Opportunity Name: Join the FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact the FIP lead.

Mexico Yucatan Peninsula blue crab - dipnet/pot/trap

FIP Profile: Mexico Yucatan Peninsula blue crab - dipnet/pot/trap

Seafood Species: Blue Crab

Engagement Opportunity Name: Communicate support for formal harvest strategy

How to Get Involved: Buyers of this product can support the fishery by asking suppliers for the status of efforts for a formal harvest strategy for Yucatan blue crab. Contact Minerva Alonso for more information (minerva.alonso@cedepesca.net).

Morocco sardine - pelagic trawl and seine / Maroc sardine - chalut pélagique et senne

FIP Profile: Morocco sardine - pelagic trawl and seine / Maroc sardine - chalut pélagique et senne

Seafood Species: European Sardine

Engagement Opportunity Name: Participate in FIP meeting / Participez à la Reunion FIP

How to Get Involved: Contact the FIP consultant for further details, Jo Gascoigne (jo.gascoigne@cantab.net)

Nicaragua Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

FIP Profile: Nicaragua Caribbean spiny lobster - trap

Seafood Species: Caribbean Spiny Lobster

Engagement Opportunity Name: Become an active FIP Participant

How to Get Involved: US-based companies can sign up as a FIP participant here. Companies based in Nicaragua should contact Maria Amalia Porta (MPorta@wwfca.org) to become a FIP participant.

 

Engagement Opportunity Name: Establish a traceability system for spiny lobster

How to Get Involved: Contact Wendy Goyert from WWF (wendy.goyert@wwfus.org) for specific information on how to get engaged in ongoing traceability efforts.

Northern Brazil Caribbean red snapper - pot/trap

FIP Profile: Northern Brazil Caribbean red snapper - pot/trap

Seafood Species: Red Snapper

Engagement Opportunity Name: Participate in Stakeholder Meetings

How to Get Involved: If you want to participate, please contact Biol. Alejandro Munoz for more information and please confirm your attendance at least one week before the meeting. Email: alejandro@iabs.org.br / Phone + 55 61 3364.6005

Pacific Ocean tuna - longline (Thai Union)

FIP Profile: Pacific Ocean tuna - longline (Thai Union)

Seafood Species: Albacore Tuna, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna

Engagement Opportunity Name: Help develop the Vanuatu Data Review Centre

How to Get Involved: We are looking for financial support to help increase capacity in the newly developed Vanuatu Review Centre. This could come in the form of more computers, observers or training dependent on demand. If you are interested, please contact Tom Evans, FIP Coordinator at t.evans@keytraceability.com.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Advocate to Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) to carry out up-to-date stock assessments.

How to Get Involved: Key Traceability has drafted a joint letter. To sign onto this letter, please contact Tom Evans, FIP Coordinator at t.evans@keytraceability.com.

Peru mahi-mahi - longline (WWF)

FIP Profile: Peru mahi-mahi - longline (WWF)

Seafood Species: Mahi-mahi

Engagement Opportunity Name: Become an active FIP participant

How to Get Involved: US-based companies can sign up as a FIP participant here. Companies based in Peru should contact Nicolas Rovegno (nicolas.rovegno@wwfperu.org) to become a FIP participant.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Sign a letter to Peruvian fisheries authorities

How to Get Involved: Contact Wendy Goyert from WWF (wendy.goyert@wwfus.org) for a template letter and contact details to send to a range of the country's ministries. Retailers and food service providers can also encourage their local suppliers to send letters.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Support best fishing practices

How to Get Involved: Encourage the fishermen that you buy from to: a) use onboard fishing logbooks to register their catch; and b) participate in a training course conducted by SOS Tortuga — the National Network of Sea Turtle Handling and Release Instructors — to learn best practice techniques for sea turtle handling and release. Contact Wendy Goyert from WWF (wendy.goyert@wwfus.org) for more information about the logbook program and sea turtle training course.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Participate in technical mahi traceability pilot projects

How to Get Involved: Contact Wendy Goyert from WWF (wendy.goyert@wwfus.org) for specific information on how to participate in the technical mahi-mahi traceability pilot projects.

Shantou-Taiwan Chinese common squid - jigging/single trawl

FIP Profile: Shantou-Taiwan Chinese common squid - jigging/single trawl

Seafood Species: Mitre Squid

Engagement Opportunity Name: Institutional support for FIP implementation

How to Get Involved: Contact China Blue at info@chinabluesustainability.org for further information.

Engagement Opportunity Name: Financial support for the FIP

How to Get Involved: Contact China Blue at info@chinabluesustainability.org for further information.

Sri Lanka tuna and swordfish - longline

FIP Profile: Sri Lanka tuna and swordfish - longline

Seafood Species: Bigeye Tuna, Swordfish, Yellowfin Tuna

Engagement Opportunity Name: Formulation of a Harvest Control Strategy for the longline fishery

How to Get Involved: Contact the FIP Coordinator, Steve Creech (steve@pelagikos.lk), for details about how to support this action, under the new Sri Lankan longline fishery improvement project

Engagement Opportunity Name: Local (Crew Based) Observer Programme - Southern & Eastern Coast

How to Get Involved: Contact the FIP Coordinator, Steve Creech (steve@pelagikos.lk), for details about how to support this action, under the new Sri Lankan longline fishery improvement project

Engagement Opportunity Name: Scientific Observe Programme

How to Get Involved: Contact the FIP Coordinator, Steve Creech (steve@pelagikos.lk), for details about how to support this action, under the new Sri Lankan longline fishery improvement project

Engagement Opportunity Name: Update and revise the National Plan of Action to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (SLNPOA-IUU)

How to Get Involved: Contact the FIP Coordinator, Steve Creech (steve@pelagikos.lk), for details about how to support this action, under the new Sri Lankan longline fishery improvement project

UK brown crab and European lobster - pot/trap

FIP Profile: UK brown crab and European lobster - pot/trap

Seafood Species: Brown Crab, European Lobster

Engagement Opportunity Name: Opportunity to engage in FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact Jo Pollett (jo.pollett@msc.org) for more information on how to engage in the FIP.

UK English and Western Channel great Atlantic scallop - dredge

FIP Profile: UK English and Western Channel great Atlantic scallop - dredge

Seafood Species: Giant Scallops

Engagement Opportunity Name: Opportunity to engage in FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact Jo Pollett (jo.pollett@msc.org) for more information on how to engage in the FIP.

UK European plaice & lemon sole - seine/trawl

FIP Profile: UK European plaice & lemon sole - seine/trawl

Seafood Species: European Plaice, Lemon Sole

 

Engagement Opportunity Name: Opportunity to engage in FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact Jo Pollett (jo.pollett@msc.org) for more information on how to engage in the FIP.

UK Irish Sea, West of Scotland, and North Sea great Atlantic scallop - dredge

FIP Profile: UK Irish Sea, West of Scotland, and North Sea great Atlantic scallop - dredge

Seafood Species: Giant Scallops

Engagement Opportunity Name: Opportunity to engage in FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact Jo Pollett (jo.pollett@msc.org) for more information on how to engage in the FIP.

UK monkfish - gillnet/trawl

FIP Profile: UK monkfish - gillnet/trawl

Seafood Species: Monkfish

Engagement Opportunity Name: Opportunity to engage in FIP

How to Get Involved: Please contact Jo Pollett (jo.pollett@msc.org) for more information on how to engage in the FIP.

US Louisiana shrimp - otter/skimmer trawl

FIP Profile: US Louisiana shrimp - otter/skimmer trawl

Seafood Species: Brown Shrimp, White Shrimp

Engagement Opportunity Name: Schedule Courtesy Gear Evaluations

How to Get Involved: Contact Laura Deighan (ldeighan@auduboninstitute.org) with Audubon G.U.L.F. and she can connect you with one of our partners who conducts gear checks.

Vietnam swordfish - handline

FIP Profile: Vietnam swordfish - handline

Seafood Species: Swordfish

 

Engagement Opportunity Name: Join the Vietnam swordfish handline FIP

How to Get Involved: To get involved, please contact Stephen Fisher (sfisher@sea-delight.com) or Gabriela McLean (gabriela.mclean@cedepesca.net). New partners will be asked to agree to the terms and guidelines set in the FIP Framework Agreement and its Addendum N1, as well as Specific Agreement N1, available in the "Memorandum of Understanding" section placed at the left of this screen.

Vietnam yellowfin tuna - handline

FIP Profile: Vietnam yellowfin tuna - handline

Seafood Species: Yellowfin Tuna

Engagement Opportunity Name: Become an active WWF FIP Participant

How to Get Involved: Sign an MOU with WWF per the FIP Participant Policy and encourage your local suppliers to do the same.