A fishery improvement project (FIP) addresses environmental challenges in a fishery by bringing together players within the supply chain (retailers, processors, producers, and/or fishers) to demand and leverage better management of marine resources. The FIP identifies the environmental issues that need to be addressed, sets the priority actions that should be undertaken, and oversees the action plan adopted by the participants. Unlike traditional advocacy approaches that ask leading retailers and restaurants to avoid seafood from poorly managed fisheries, FIPs address the root causes of fishery depletion and create a path to long-term viability and productivity.

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership has been a strong proponent of industry leadership in FIPs, and today, more than half of the world’s FIPs are industry-led. We offer a range of practical tools and guidance to support the seafood industry in developing fishery improvement projects (FIPs). These tools are key to achieving the goals of our Target 75 Initiative, which aims to ensure that 75 percent of world production in key sectors is – at a minimum – either sustainable or making regular, verifiable improvements in a formal improvement project. 

This FIP toolkit provides general guidance on how to initiate and run FIPs, as well as templates and examples of documentation. Please contact us at info@sustainablefish.org if there is any additional information you need.

Websites:

Fishery Progress Website

SFP FIP Archive

Publications:

Seafood industry guide to FIPs

Seafood industry guide to FIPs (Spanish version)

FIP Toolkit:

Criteria for a FIP

How to Initiate a FIP

How to Implement a FIP

How to Evaluate FIP Progress

Whitepaper Template

FIP Outlook Tool

Pre-FIP Plan

FIP Public Workplan

Detailed Workplan

Budget Template Example

FIP Agreement - Multiple Participants Example

FIP Public Report template

Industry Guide to Communicating about FIPs

Control Document Guidance

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