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.

 

 

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92 FIPs and AIPs in the Database
FIP
Last updated: 23 April 2018
  • E
  • 15 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Audubon Nature Institute G.U.L.F.

 FIP rating changes from C to E. FIP is now over a year old. No stage 4 achievement reported to date and last stage 3 activity reported over a year ago. 

 

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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
  • 04 April 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • Pesquera Veraz S.A., Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable

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

 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
FIP
Last updated: 25 July 2017
  • A
  • 01 September 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable, Pesquera Veraz S.A.

FIP remains rated as A - Last stage 4 achievement within 12 months 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
FIP
FIP
Last updated: 22 September 2017
  • A
  • 01 September 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • WWF, Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers

 

FIP rated A. FIP reported Stage 4 result within the  last 12 months  - verification of successful implementation and outcomes of  the code of practice  (observers on vessels) 

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Bigeye tuna - Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Eastern Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Western Atlantic Ocean
Yellowfin tuna - Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 16 March 2018
  • A
  • 01 February 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • The Nature Conservancy, WWF

 FIP currently in MSC full assessment. FIP remains rated A

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Western Central Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 14 December 2017
  • B
  • 27 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Odyssey Enterprises, Inc., The Sustainability Incubator

FIP remains B rated. FIP is basic with last stage 4 achievement within 12 months. 

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Red king crab - Barents Sea
FIP
Last updated: 14 December 2017
  • A
  • 01 April 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • SINDIFRIO

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

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Northern SW Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 19 February 2018
  • C
  • 17 December 2017
  • Basic
  • Confremar Group

New FIP - less than a year old with stage 3 activities underway. FIP rated C

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Swordfish - South Atlantic
FIP
Last updated: 21 March 2018
  • A
  • 03 July 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council

FIP rating remains A. Last stage 4 achievement within the last 12 months (as reported in Feb 18)

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American plaice - Grand Banks
89 FIPs in the Database
Last updated: 23 April 2018
  • E
  • 15 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Audubon Nature Institute G.U.L.F.

 FIP rating changes from C to E. FIP is now over a year old. No stage 4 achievement reported to date and last stage 3 activity reported over a year ago. 

 

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

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

 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
Last updated: 25 July 2017
  • A
  • 01 September 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Centro Desarrollo y Pesca Sustentable, Pesquera Veraz S.A.

FIP remains rated as A - Last stage 4 achievement within 12 months 

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Argentine red shrimp - Patagonian
Last updated: 22 September 2017
  • A
  • 01 September 2016
  • Comprehensive
  • WWF, Organization of Associated Producers of Large Tuna Freezers

 

FIP rated A. FIP reported Stage 4 result within the  last 12 months  - verification of successful implementation and outcomes of  the code of practice  (observers on vessels) 

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Bigeye tuna - Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Eastern Atlantic Ocean
Skipjack tuna - Western Atlantic Ocean
Yellowfin tuna - Atlantic
Last updated: 16 March 2018
  • A
  • 01 February 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • The Nature Conservancy, WWF

 FIP currently in MSC full assessment. FIP remains rated A

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Western Central Atlantic
Last updated: 14 December 2017
  • B
  • 27 December 2016
  • Basic
  • Odyssey Enterprises, Inc., The Sustainability Incubator

FIP remains B rated. FIP is basic with last stage 4 achievement within 12 months. 

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Red king crab - Barents Sea
Last updated: 14 December 2017
  • A
  • 01 April 2013
  • Comprehensive
  • SINDIFRIO

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

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Caribbean spiny lobster - Northern SW Atlantic
Last updated: 19 February 2018
  • C
  • 17 December 2017
  • Basic
  • Confremar Group

New FIP - less than a year old with stage 3 activities underway. FIP rated C

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Swordfish - South Atlantic
Last updated: 21 March 2018
  • A
  • 03 July 2015
  • Comprehensive
  • Groundfish Enterprise Allocation Council

FIP rating remains A. Last stage 4 achievement within the last 12 months (as reported in Feb 18)

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American plaice - Grand Banks
3 AIPs in the Database
Last updated: 06 March 2018
  • 12 April 2016
  • WWF
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Salmon - Chile
Last updated: 10 March 2018
  • 09 March 2018
  • The Hainan Tilapia Sustainability Alliance

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
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Tilapia - China
Last updated: 07 March 2018
  • Inactive
  • 05 March 2018
  • Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

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. 

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Shrimp - Thailand