North Atlantic and Bali Seafood are excited to share an important step towards further enhancing transparency around our two industry-led fishery improvement projects (FIPs): we have committed to adding both to FisheryProgress.org!
FisheryProgress was officially launched in 2016 and since then it has been a valuable source for detailed information on the progress being made by FIPs across the globe. Users can track the progress of FIPs over time and the site has become especially useful for businesses that support these projects. Each FIP will have a main landing page where visitors can see progress the FIP has made, details on the species and fishing practices covered under the FIP, and information on relevant stakeholders. See the photo below for an example profile. Currently, over 40 FIPs from around the world are featured on FisheryProgress. Knowing how important this site is for sharing FIP progress and functioning effectively as an industry resource, we are eager to showcase the progress our two FIPs have made since their creation.
It’s important to note that the information on FisheryProgress is updated regularly and verified by their staff, meaning users can trust that the information is up to date. When a FIP first requests to be included in the site, FisheryProgress staff conduct an initial review of information to confirm that the FIP meets the Guidelines of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, a collaboration of leading conservation groups that work with businesses representing over 80% of the North American grocery and foodservice markets. Once listed on FisheryProgress, FIPs are assessed regularly using six- and 12-month progress reports, three-year audits, and other FIP status changes to track progress. In fact, each FIP profile on the site was recently updated to include A-E progress ratings maintained by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership so that users can easily track the progress FIPs are making.
Our partner FishWise is part of the Advisory Committee that oversees the day-to-day operations of the site and is also a founding member of the Conservation Alliance. While they don’t create FIPs, FishWise works closely with industry and NGOs involved in these projects as part of their work in providing accurate guidance about sustainable sourcing to businesses throughout seafood supply chains. Since FIPs play a critical role in the transition to more sustainable fisheries over time, FishWise encourages its partners to source from FIPs listed on FisheryProgress and to become directly involved in supporting these projects. Whether it is working bottom-up or top-down, numerous FIPs in a variety of fisheries are needed to meet the demands for responsibly sourced seafood.
Including the North Atlantic and Bali Seafood FIPs on the FisheryProgress website will be an important step forward in getting the word out about these projects and demonstrating our commitment to credible improvements in our source fisheries.