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Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs)

As market demand grows for sustainable seafood, an increasing number of fisheries around the world are interested in making improvements towards sustainability. This has led to the considerable growth of Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs). FIPs bring together multiple fishery stakeholders—fishers, managers, researchers, funders and NGOs— to improve a fishery’s practices and management.

Credible Fishery Improvement Projects

The MSC recognises the contribution that FIPs can make to improving overall fisheries health and in promoting sustainable seafood. However, we also believe it is important that they are operated in a credible manner: that their actions are transparent; that they clearly show improvement in fishery performance; and that fisheries ultimately demonstrate their sustainability through a robust, independent assessment process. Find out MSC's definition of a credible FIP >

A roadmap to sustainability

The infographic below outlines the MSC’s pathway to sustainability and the stages of a credible FIP.

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