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 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 core elements of a FIP research program are:
- Development of a FIP metadata catalogue, an open source master database of FIP quantitative information, including all IT aspects its public interface nature will require;
- Content development of the master database, with adequate research and data compilation; and
- Ongoing preparation of scientific and technical materials based on the information gathered.