What is a FIP?

A Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is a multistakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery. These projects utilize the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability in the fishery and seek to make these changes endure through policy change.

The following are key qualities that a fishery improvement project must have to be considered for support by members of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. Additional guidance can be found here

  • Participation
  • Public Commitment
  • Objectives
  • Workplan
  • Progress Tracking and Reporting

Basic FIPs and Comprehensive FIPs

  • A basic FIP is a good entry point for fisheries to begin addressing specific environmental challenges.
  • A comprehensive FIP aims to address the full range of environmental challenges necessary for a fishery to achieve a high level of sustainability.

The primary difference between basic and comprehensive fishery improvement projects are the level of scoping to inform development of the workplan, the objectives, and the verification required. Comprehensive FIPs are more detailed and address all of the environmental problems found in the fishery. Basic FIPs address a sub-set of the environmental problems in a fishery and focus effort only on these specific areas. Over time basic FIPs are encouraged to transition into comprehensive FIPs.