Over many years, SFP has identified key elements for setting up and implementing fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and used a variety of tools and strategies to deliver improvements in fishery management policies and fishing practices. We have also developed systems to measure FIPs that give a snapshot of progress and allow comparisons between projects. This tremendous base of knowledge and information is ripe for analysis and could provide the starting point for answering the question: “What are the secrets of successful FIPs?”
Increased FIP research and analysis is needed and will lead to better and more effective projects, but we first need a solid data set to work with. A comprehensive public database will meet the need for science-based evidence and allow any FIP researcher to ask tough questions and identify convincing answers. Ultimately, our goal is to increase the understanding and uptake of FIPs worldwide and to continue documenting best practices for ensuring that projects result in sustainable fisheries. The FIP Research Program Purpose and Goal are:
Purpose: Develop and maintain the most comprehensive global FIP database to date (the only database globally that holds historical or archival FIP info from the beginning of FIPs); understand what makes a good FIP and how progress and pace takes place depending on FIPs typologies; bring academic and seafood landscape groups on actively engaging FIP research initiatives using, and building, upon the FIP database and making their findings public.
Goal: Promote the uptake and expansion of the FIP model within the global seafood supply chain as a key tool for improving fisheries.
For more information see our paper, "Fishery improvement projects: Performance over the past decade" in the Journal, Marine Science.