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Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund: Awardees

Madagascan octopus fisher with spear standing in sea

                                 Madagascan octopus fisher  ©Garth Cripps / Blue Ventures

< About the Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund

The MSC Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund (GFSF) supports critical fishery science research and projects.

The 2016 recipients are:

Blue Ventures

Fishery: Madagascar octopus fishery
Project: Implementation of fishery improvement project (FIP) activities

Project overview

Southwest Madagascar is one of the poorest regions of the country.  Communities in coastal regions have few economic alternatives to fishing. Octopus fishing is an economic lifeline of around 80,000 small-scale fishers, over half of whom are women.

Madagascar’s fishing economy is critical for the livelihoods and food security for over 250,000 people. Blue Ventures works in places where the ocean is vital to local cultures and economies, and are committed to protecting marine biodiversity in ways that benefit coastal people. The organisation will use its grant from the MSC’s Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund (GFSF) to implement FIP activities in the octopus fishery, and explore the application of data limited assessment and management methods.

WWF Coral Triangle Program

Fishery: Indonesia, Vietnam crab and clam fisheries; mixed gears
Project: Capacity building training program, developing FIP scoping/action plan

Project overview

Seafood products harvested from commercial fisheries are consumed all over the globe, providing the world’s prime source of quality proteins. Developing world fisheries continue to be an important source of seafood for markets across the world.

Although these fisheries are vital to food security and economic development, many are not managed sustainably. Data deficiency, lack of management structures and a lack of resources means that most developing world fisheries need to improve significantly to meet international sustainability criteria and benefit from the growing market for sustainable seafood. A key constraint to amplifying fishery improvement efforts in these fisheries remains the cost of developing FIPs benchmarked against the MSC

The WWF Coral Triangle Program will use its grant for a capacity building programme to train in-country experts so they can carry out FIP assessments and MSC pre-assessments in Vietnam and Indonesia more cost-effectively while maintaining quality in FIP processes.

Anchud Mudcrab Productivity Committee

Fishery: Chilean mud crab artisanal fishery
Project: MSC pre-assessment and training

This project will use the GFSF grant to gain understanding into the likely barriers to certification of this Chilean artisanal fishery. It aims to build awareness of MSC requirements among stakeholders and undertake a pre-assessment of the fishery.

WWF Japan

Fishery: Manila clam, China 

Project: FIP implementation of Manilla clam fishery in the Yellow Sea Ecoregion

Project overview

One of WWF Japan’s focal projects is conserving the Yellow Sea Ecoregion (YSE), surrounded by China and the Korean Peninsula.

Local people in China, Korea and Japan highly depend on seafood from the YSE. In China, bivavles targeted by coastal in the YSE are a staple for local people. Manila clam, in particular, sustains the lives of a large number of people living not only in China but also in neighbouring countries. Thus it is a key contributor to regional food security.

WWF Japan will use its share of the grant to implement a FIP for the enhanced Manila clam fishery in the YSE, which could lead to major environmental benefits in the globally important mudflats as well as sustainable Manila clam production and consumption.


Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation

Fishery: Indonesia tuna fisheries
Project: Risk assessment of tuna supply chains in Indonesia.

Project overview

Indonesia is one of the leading producers of wild capture fish and is the biggest tuna-producing country in the world. Yet, like in many developing world fisheries the country has challenges in trying to move its fishing sector to become more sustainable. As a big tuna exporter, Indonesia’s tuna supply chains need to improve in order to be considered sustainable and transparent.

Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation (MDPI) was founded in July 2013 with a focus on small-scale artisanal fisheries. They support fishing communities and fisheries supply chains to move towards sustainability.

MDPI, together with its partners Asosiasi Pole and Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI), UNIDO Indonesia and the International Pole and Line Foundation, will use funding from the GFSF to prepare a risk assessment of small scale tuna supply chains in Eastern Indonesia, aiming to gather much-needed information and recommendations on how to achieve compliant Chain of Custody approaches within that sector and in the region.

WWF Guianas

Fishery: Suriname coastal artisanal fishery; multi species, multi gear
Project: Involving fishermen in a rapid and conceivable assessment of fish stocks: LB-SPR models applied to small-scale artisanal fisheries in Suriname

Project overview

Suriname is located in the north-eastern part of South America, facing the Atlantic in the North and bordering Brazil in the south. It is part of the Guianas, with Guyana on its western border and French-Guiana on the east. Most of the country is covered by tropical rainforest, harbouring a great diversity of flora and fauna.

Fishing is an important economic activity in Suriname. The Surinamese fishing sector is estimated to directly employ nearly 10,000 people and generate some 40, 000 tonnes of wild captured fish and shrimp annually. The artisanal fleet is the most important fishing sector in Suriname, accounting for 60 to 70% of the landings, generating most of the employment and delivering fresh fish to the local market.

There are many signs that the coastal artisanal fishing fleet in Suriname is overfishing target species, yet there is no scientific data on the stock status of the exploited species.

WWF Guianas will therefore use its grant award to apply data limited assessment and management methodologies to the Suriname coastal artisanal fishery, and will contribute to the MSC’s wider initiative that will allow data limited fisheries to demonstrate that they meet the MSC's sustainability requirements. 

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