In 2007, SFP started using a simple method for evaluating FIP progress. At that time, we defined five “stages” of achievement: Stages 1 and 2 to track development of the FIP structure, Stage 3 to track implementation, and Stages 4 and 5 to track actual improvements. 

In 2014, SFP further innovated its Fishery Evaluation Program to include FIP Progress Ratings (A-E). It represented the first and only methodology to date that applies time benchmarks to quickly understand the rate at which a fishery is improving with an alphabetic rating. Generally, the more regularly and frequently improvements are being made, the better the progress rating. 

In 2017, SFP published an updated version of the evaluation tool with further refinements to the stages, now expanded to include stage 6 (optional) for FIPs which meet the MSC standard and are certified, and modified the time benchmarks for measuring FIP progress. Based in part on what stage a particular FIP has achieved, the FIP will receive an alphabetical rating, from A to E, with an ‘A’ grade indicating Exceptional Progress and an ‘E’ grade indicating Negligible progress. Alternatively, a FIP can be categorized as ‘inactive’ if it fails to report or make progress within certain timeframes or ‘completed’ if they meet specific criteria. Learn more about how to evaluate FIP progress

How to use ratings

SFP monitors the progress of FIPs which are publicly reported on FisheryProgress and other websites, routinely updating progress ratings on a monthly cycle. Current progress ratings are available in the SFP monthly reports below. Detailed information on progress ratings of public FIPs are also shown on the “FIPs” section of fishery profiles that are on SFP’s FishSource website. 

The FIP progress ratings allow the seafood industry and other stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of these initiatives by providing an easy-to-understand snapshot of a FIP’s status. The ratings can then be used to influence further improvements in sustainability of particular fisheries by driving FIPs’ performance.




SFP's FIP Toolkit

SFP Monthly FIP Ratings Report