Improvement Projects

A fishery improvement project (FIP) is a joint effort by seafood stakeholders to leverage action towards greater sustainability in a fishery via better policies, management, and purchasing and fishing practices. Please see the FAQs for more information.

An aquaculture improvement project (AIP) is an alliance of producers, processors, suppliers, and buyers working together to address sustainability issues in a fish farming zone via better management, policies, and/or data collection and reporting.

Find out more about current FIPs and AIPs using the search features below.

 

 

121 FIPs and AIPs in the Database
FIP
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 15 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Audubon Nature Institute G.U.L.F. (ANIG)

FIP remains B. Stage 4 achievements within  last 12 months - Voluntary gear inspections undertaken and published. 

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Northern brown shrimp - Northern Gulf of Mexico
Northern white shrimp - Northern Gulf of Mexico
FIP
Last updated: 23 April 2018
  • A
  • Active
  • 04 April 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable (CeDePesca), Pesquera Veraz S.A. (PVS)

FIP rating remains at A. Last stage 4 achievement still within 12 months.

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
FIP
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 01 September 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable (CeDePesca), Pesquera Veraz S.A. (PVS)

FIP rating is B. Last stage 4 achievement more than 12 months and the last stage 3 achievement withn 12 months  . 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
FIP
FIP
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 01 September 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), WWF (W)

FIP rated B. No stage 4 results over the past 12 months but stage 3 results reported.

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Skipjack tuna - Eastern Atlantic Ocean
Bigeye tuna - Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Western Atlantic Ocean
Yellowfin tuna - Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 13 August 2018
  • Completed
  • 01 February 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF (W)

Bahamas lobster achieved MSC certification 7 August 2018

1.
FIP Development
Feb 09
2.
FIP Launch
Jun 09
Aug 14
3.
FIP Implementation
Jan 17
4.
Improvements in Fishing Practices and Fishery Management
Aug 16
5.
Improvements on the Water
Aug 18
6.
MSC certification (optional)
Aug 18
FIP
Last updated: 02 October 2018
  • C
  • Active
  • 27 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Odyssey Enterprises, Inc. (OEI), The Sustainability Incubator (TSI)

FIP remains C. Last stage 3 and 4 achievements more than 12 months ago

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Red king crab - Barents Sea
FIP
Last updated: 10 December 2018
  • A
  • Active
  • 01 April 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • SINDIFRIO (S)

FIP rating remains at A with last stage 4 achievement within 12 months. 

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Northern SW Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 06 July 2018
  • Inactive
  • 17 December 2017
  • Basic
  • Confremar Group (CG)

FIP made inactive by FIP lead 

1.
FIP Development
Dec 17
2.
FIP Launch
Dec 17
Workplan made public
3.
FIP Implementation
Jan 18
4.
Improvements in Fishing Practices and Fishery Management
Verifiable improvement in policy/management and fishing practices
5.
Improvements on the Water
Verifiable improvement on the water
6.
MSC certification (optional)
MSC certificate made public
FIP
Last updated: 12 December 2018
  • C
  • Active
  • 15 January 2018
  • Basic
  • Pesca Responsable y Comercio Justo (PRCJ), Ocean Technology, Inc. (OTI), Desarrollo Integral de Jaiba de Mexico SA de CV (DIJMSC)

FIP younger than a year with stage 3 activities. FIP remains  C. 

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Blue crab - Mexico Gulf of Mexico
117 FIPs in the Database
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 15 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Audubon Nature Institute G.U.L.F. (ANIG)

FIP remains B. Stage 4 achievements within  last 12 months - Voluntary gear inspections undertaken and published. 

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Northern brown shrimp - Northern Gulf of Mexico
Northern white shrimp - Northern Gulf of Mexico
Last updated: 23 April 2018
  • A
  • Active
  • 04 April 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable (CeDePesca), Pesquera Veraz S.A. (PVS)

FIP rating remains at A. Last stage 4 achievement still within 12 months.

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 01 September 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable (CeDePesca), Pesquera Veraz S.A. (PVS)

FIP rating is B. Last stage 4 achievement more than 12 months and the last stage 3 achievement withn 12 months  . 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
Last updated: 17 December 2018
  • B
  • Active
  • 01 September 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers (OPAGAC), WWF (W)

FIP rated B. No stage 4 results over the past 12 months but stage 3 results reported.

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Skipjack tuna - Eastern Atlantic Ocean
Bigeye tuna - Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Western Atlantic Ocean
Yellowfin tuna - Atlantic
Last updated: 13 August 2018
  • Completed
  • 01 February 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC), WWF (W)

Bahamas lobster achieved MSC certification 7 August 2018

1.
FIP Development
Feb 09
2.
FIP Launch
Jun 09
Aug 14
3.
FIP Implementation
Jan 17
4.
Improvements in Fishing Practices and Fishery Management
Aug 16
5.
Improvements on the Water
Aug 18
6.
MSC certification (optional)
Aug 18
Last updated: 02 October 2018
  • C
  • Active
  • 27 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Odyssey Enterprises, Inc. (OEI), The Sustainability Incubator (TSI)

FIP remains C. Last stage 3 and 4 achievements more than 12 months ago

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Red king crab - Barents Sea
Last updated: 10 December 2018
  • A
  • Active
  • 01 April 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • SINDIFRIO (S)

FIP rating remains at A with last stage 4 achievement within 12 months. 

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Northern SW Atlantic
Last updated: 06 July 2018
  • Inactive
  • 17 December 2017
  • Basic
  • Confremar Group (CG)

FIP made inactive by FIP lead 

1.
FIP Development
Dec 17
2.
FIP Launch
Dec 17
Workplan made public
3.
FIP Implementation
Jan 18
4.
Improvements in Fishing Practices and Fishery Management
Verifiable improvement in policy/management and fishing practices
5.
Improvements on the Water
Verifiable improvement on the water
6.
MSC certification (optional)
MSC certificate made public
Last updated: 12 December 2018
  • C
  • Active
  • 15 January 2018
  • Basic
  • Pesca Responsable y Comercio Justo (PRCJ), Ocean Technology, Inc. (OTI), Desarrollo Integral de Jaiba de Mexico SA de CV (DIJMSC)

FIP younger than a year with stage 3 activities. FIP remains  C. 

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Blue crab - Mexico Gulf of Mexico
4 AIPs in the Database
Last updated: 06 March 2018
  • Active
  • 12 April 2016
  • WWF (W)
Aquaculture Profile Link
Salmon - Chile Los Lagos
Salmon - Chile Aysen del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo
Last updated: 10 March 2018
  • Active
  • 09 March 2018
  • The Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance (HTSA)

The core activities of the AIP are to:

  • Formulate and implement a CoGP
  • Develop local technicians network and training
  • Develop a Pilot Farm Network
  • Promote better practices and Certifications
  • Improve communication and information sharing
  • Stakeholder cooperation
Aquaculture Profile Link
Tilapia - China Hainan
Last updated: 07 March 2018
  • Active
  • 05 March 2018
  • Ocean Outcomes (OO)

The goal of this AIP is for farm-level improvement to ASC.

The volume covered by the AIP is approximately 465 mt.

Aquaculture Profile Link
Last updated: 07 March 2018
  • Inactive
  • 05 March 2018
  • Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)

The goal of the AIP is to improve regional management practices of shrimp farms in the major production region(s) in the southern part of Thailand and to embed improvements in official regulations relating to regional carrying capacity, disease transmission, and impacts on the wider environment (e.g., through pollution, habitat destruction, feed ingredients sourcing, and wider biodiversity impacts). The improvements will also ensure that small-scale farmers have access to information and increase awareness of better management practices in order to meet the requirements for certification. 

1.
AIP Development
Jan 14
2.
AIP Launch
Jan 14
Mar 14
3.
AIP Implementation
AIP activities undertaken
4.
Improvements in Aquaculture Management Practices
Verifiable improvement in aquaculture management practices
5.
Improvements on the Water
Verifiable improvement on the water