launch Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for Irelands Brown
Irelands Seafood Development Agency, in partnership with key
industry stakeholders from the inshore and processing sectors, are
delighted to officially launch a Fisheries Improvement Project or
FIP for Irelands brown crab fishery. The aim of a FIP is to
improve the sustainable operations within a fishery and to progress
to certification under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) over
a 3-5 year period.
OToole, BIMs CEO outlined the role this project will
play in driving sustainability in the sector; The Brown Crab
Fishery Improvement Project represents a unique pre competitive
partnership combining the concerted efforts of government, the industry
and NGOs to address common challenges we face in securing a sustainable
future for our crab fishery. We now have a coordinated industry
group that will drive sustainability to ensure our fishermen and
processors are achieving the best price on the market. This is an
exciting development for the industry and is aligned to BIMs
Responsibly Sourced Standard, a key driver of seafood environmental
and sustainability objectives outlined in the Governments
Food Wise 2025 report
Brown Crab FIP has been independently accepted by the NGO Fishery
Progress and its details are publicly available through the website
www.fisheryprogress.org. This is one of four FIPs that are scheduled
for support by BIM in 2017 covering the nephrops, whitefish and
albacore tuna sectors. BIM have linked the participation in registered
FIPs to BIMs Responsibly Sourced Seafood Scheme, the agencys
accreditation standard for the sector. This link provides the opportunity
for actions and participation in a FIP to be independently third
party verified and certified.
FIP will focus on the key areas of sustainable sourcing healthy
fish stocks, effective fisheries management, improved quality and
market performance. The activities of the FIP will be regularly
tracked by Fishery Progress and performance measured against the
activities and outcomes identified in the agreed work plan.
in the FIP is voluntary and open to any fisherman or processor,
provided they agree and implement the rules set out by the FIP stakeholders.
Contact BIM, email@example.com or log on to marineapps.net/fip/
for more information.