FisheryProgress is the one-stop shop for reliable information about fishery improvement project progress.
A fishery improvement project (FIP) is a multi-stakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery. These projects utilize the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability in the fishery and seek to make these changes endure through policy change. The Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions outlined the core elements of a FIP in this document.
As the number of FIPs around the world has grown, businesses and conservation organizations needed an easier way to access consistent, credible information about FIP progress. FisheryProgress, a joint project between FishChoice and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, was launched in October 2016 to solve this issue. The website gives a range of information about global FIPs from a snapshot of progress and opportunities to get involved to detailed evidence for improvements.
What makes FisheryProgress different?
Overview page: A FIP’s overview page includes general information about the FIP, including a brief description, details about what the FIP focuses on, and contact information for the lead organization.
In addition, the overview provides information about the FIP’s progress on making measurable improvements against the 28 MSC indicators. The “How is This Fishery Doing?” section provides a snapshot of this progress, and users can click on specific indicators to display details on the FIP’s actions and progress achieved.
Each FIP has an A-E progress rating associated with it. This rating makes it easy for potential buyers to understand how quickly a FIP is making progress toward its end goals. SFP ratings are derived using a methodology which has been endorsed by the Conservation Alliance and uses publicly available data uploaded by FIPs to SFP’s FIP Directory, individual FIP websites, and more recently FisheryProgress.org.
Additional detail tabs: Users can find additional details about the FIP on the subpages, accessible by the tabs along the top of the profile, including the 28 indicators through which FIP progress is measured. We use the MSC Fisheries Standard as a tool for measuring the performance of fisheries and the progress fishery improvement projects make over time.
Search Directory: You can search all FIPs on FisheryProgress by criteria such as species, location, or FIP name. You can also search for FIPs by type by choosing the relevant tab. FIP types include:
Basic FIPs are a good entry point for fisheries to begin addressing specific environmental challenges to improve their performance against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Basic FIPs complete a needs assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery.
Comprehensive FIPs aim to address all of the fishery’s environmental challenges necessary to achieve a level of performance consistent with an unconditional pass of the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Comprehensive FIPs engage a party experienced with applying the MSC standard to complete an MSC pre-assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery and must have independent, in-person audits of progress against the MSC standard every three years.
Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for basic or comprehensive FIPs and are currently in stage 0 or 1.
Completed FIPs have graduated to certification or otherwise achieved all of their objectives. Completed FIPs are those that have graduated to certification and/or achieved their objectives. A FIP must provide independent verification appropriate to the claim it is making (e.g., certification report, assessment report, public evidence). The FIP will then be listed in the Completed section of FisheryProgress. FisheryProgress will not track whether the FIP has maintained completion once it is listed as completed.
Inactive FIPs ended before achieving their goals or failed to meet the FisheryProgress requirements for progress reporting (specifically, failing to submit reports for one year or failing to report at least one change in fishing practice or management or change on the water within three years).
All FIPs listed on FisheryProgress must report progress according to the following timelines.
Every six months, all FIPs must submit evidence demonstrating activity progress, and provide a written description of progress.
Every 12 months, all FIPs must update their indicator scores to reflect progress made in the FIP. FIPs report any changes in score (an increase within a scoring range or to the next scoring range) and provide a brief written rationale for the changes. There are two ways a FIP can provide evidence for score changes: 1) The written rationale can point to evidence for action progress (see above); and/or 2) If the score changes are the result of demonstrated improvements in policy, management, or fishing practices or improvements on the water, not reflected in the action progress evidence, the FIP must submit supplemental evidence for the score change.
Every three years, comprehensive FIPs are required to have an independent, in-person audit of action results and performance against the MSC standard by someone who is both experienced with the MSC standard (e.g., is a registered MSC technical consultant or accredited auditing body) and independent from the organization implementing the FIP. The FIP may upload this comprehensive audit in place of the annual reporting evidence in years when the audit is completed. Comprehensive FIPs may choose to audit more frequently and basic FIPs may choose to conduct an audit that meets these criteria.
What happens when a FIP is complete? Completed FIPs are those that have graduated to certification and/or achieved their objectives. A FIP must provide independent verification appropriate to the claim it is making (e.g., certification report, assessment report, public evidence). The FIP will then be listed in the Completed section of FisheryProgress.
FisheryProgress will not track whether the FIP has maintained completion once it is listed as completed.
What happens when a FIP fails to report progress? Inactive FIPs ended before achieving their goals or failed to meet the FisheryProgress requirements for progress reporting (specifically, failing to submit reports for one year or failing to report at least one change in fishing practice or management or change on the water within three years). FisheryProgress will make FIPs inactive due to:
FisheryProgress is supported by a reviewer and technical oversight committee of representatives with expertise in developing and evaluating fishery improvement projects.
The FisheryProgress reviewer ensures that FIP profiles on the website are accurate and provide full documentation and evidence of their status and progress. This includes working one on one with FIP implementers to improve the quality and consistency of progress reporting.
The technical oversight committee is a team of experts that provides input on FIP reviews where necessary, spot checks FIP data to ensure consistency, and reviews appeals and makes recommendations for the advisory committee’s consideration.
Members of the technical oversight committee include:
*FishChoice does not recommend identifying products from a FIP outside the parameters described above — either on our site or while using our tools. FishChoice recommends that suppliers who source products from sources that overlap with a FIP, but that are not directly in that FIP, identify their non-FIP source as well to best inform staff and customers. It is the responsibility of FishChoice Supplier Members to ensure the sourcing information they provide to FishChoice is reflective of their product sourcing. FishChoice does not independently validate any Supplier Member sourcing information and is not responsible for the accuracy of sourcing information displayed on product page
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