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Fishery Improvement Projects Guidelines

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Fishery Improvement Projects Guidelines

Download the Guidelines to Fishery Improvement Projects

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A fishery improvement project (FIP) is a multi-stakeholder effort to address environmental or social challenges in a fishery. These projects harness the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability. Suppliers, retailers, and food service companies can support the efforts of their source fisheries by participating in or buying products from FIPs.

The Conservation Alliance supports the efforts many fisheries are making to improve the sustainability of their seafood products. In 2012, the Conservation Alliance released its first set of guidelines for FIPs with the expectation that these guidelines would need to evolve over time. Since then, the number of FIPs around the world has increased substantially.

Based on feedback from the Alliance community and industry and fishery stakeholders, the Alliance updated the FIP Guidelines in March 2015 to recognize advances in the FIP landscape. It revised the Guidelines again in 2019 to encourage FIPs to address social challenges within their fisheries, and are currently under revision again to further encourage FIPs to uphold labor rights and embrace social responsibility, climate resilience, economic responsibility, and financial viability.

You can download the Conservation Alliance Fishery Improvement Guidelines in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Bahasa below. We also created a glossary that explains key terms used in the guidelines to help users make the most of the Guidelines. 

These Guidelines are the foundation for FisheryProgress.org, a one-stop shop for reliable information about FIP progress. FisheryProgress.org gives buyers consistent, verified information they need to make decisions about whether FIPs meet their sustainable seafood commitments. The website makes it possible for FIPs of any size or scope to connect with potential buyers, making sourcing from FIPs easier than ever. You can learn more by visiting FisheryProgress.org.

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