Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is pleased to announce a new Chinese squid fishery improvement project (FIP) has been posted publicly for the first time this week.
The FIP is listed on the Fishery Progress website as the Shantou-Taiwan Chinese common squid FIP, focusing on jigging and single trawl gears. The squid FIP will focus in part on improving harvest monitoring and training for fishermen and is being facilitated by the China Blue Sustainability Institute.
“This is one of the first FIPs launched in mainland China and has been endorsed by local fishery authorities and industry associations,” said Han Han, Founder and Executive Director, China Blue Sustainability Institute. “It is our hope that the Chinese common squid FIP will become a pilot for China’s fishery management reform that explores a co-management system across multiple species and gears. We are very excited to see the leading power of industry, academia and government convened under this FIP to support responsible and sustainable fishing practices.”
“SFP is thrilled to see industry leaders collaborating on this FIP,” said Sam Grimley, from SFP’s Buyer Engagement team. “We look forward to seeing the industry use this FIP as a blueprint for other squid fisheries, both in the region and globally.”
The FIP is funded by a variety of stakeholders, including Beaver Street Fisheries, High Liner, Panapesca, Netuno USA, and others. These companies, along with a number of other squid industry stakeholders worldwide, continue to work together through the Global Squid Supply Chain Roundtable to support the FIP and related projects and sustainability improvement work.
“We are excited about this FIP because sustainable squid production can be such an elusive goal, and the learnings we gain here can help the industry in other fisheries,” said Casey Marion, Director of Sustainability Initiatives at Beaver Street. “With squid being a big part of the Target 75 initiative, we are enthusiastic that more global stakeholders will get on board to help support this FIP.”
Contact:Sean Murphy, SFP Communications Director