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.
“As a supporter of the Conservation Alliance, we have used the information and suggestions presented to expand our involvement in fishery improvement projects. We feel very strongly that responsible sourcing and working toward improving wild and farmed seafood fisheries are powerful steps in preserving this wonderful resource long into the future.”
Based on feedback from the Alliance community and industry and fishery stakeholders, the Alliance updated the Guidelines for Supporting FIPs in March 2015 to be as clear as possible and recognize advances in the FIP landscape. It revised the guidelines again in 2019 to encourage fishery improvement projects to begin addressing social challenges within their fisheries, in line with the 2018 updates to the Alliance’s Common Vision to incorporate social responsibility.
You can download the Conservation Alliance Fishery Improvement Guidelines here. Spanish and Japanese translations will be available in November 2019. The Alliance also created a glossary to explain key terms used in the guidelines.
These guidelines are the foundation for FisheryProgress.org, the 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 about the site by visiting FisheryProgress.org.