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CASS state that there are five steps in FIP processes which are:

  1. Fishery Improvement Project Identification

  2. Fishery Improvement Project Development

  3. Fishery Improvement Project Launch

  4. Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management

  5. Improvements on the Water

CASS FIP guidelines



Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) monitors the progress of FIPs which are publicly reported, routinely updating progress ratings on a monthly cycle. Current progress ratings are available in the SFP monthly reports (see SFP website). Detailed information on progress ratings of public FIPs are also shown on the “FIPs” section of fishery profiles that are on SFP’s FishSource website. The FIP progress ratings allow the seafood industry and other stakeholders to assess the effectiveness of these initiatives by providing an easy-to-understand snapshot of a FIP’s status. The ratings can then be used to influence further improvements in sustainability of particular fisheries by driving FIPs’ performance.

For more information see: SFP Rating System



MSC certification is a way of showing that a fishery meets international best practice for sustainable fishing. Fish and seafood from certified fisheries can carry the blue MSC label, assuring customers that what they’re buying is sustainable.

To become certified, fisheries are assessed by independent certification bodies.

All Fishery Improvement Projects on this website are working to achieve the MSC Fisheries Standard.

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