Irish White Fish Fishery Improvement Project (FIP)
The Irish White Fish FIP incorporates a number of different whitefish species including:
The FIP’s initial focus has been on identifying the priority species to be dealt with by the group. The species set out above have been divided into two groupings for the purpose of carrying out MSC pre assessments:
- Haddock and Whiting
- Hake, Monk and Megrim
What are FIPs?
FIPs are a practical, industry-led approach to making continual improvements in the sustainability of specific fisheries in an ever more demanding marketplace. They are based on co-operation between all sectors in the fishery chain, from catching to processing to retail in collaboration with NGO’s who wish to see fishing continue while progress is made towards sustainability. Examples of this progress would be using more selective gear, development of plans to manage effort or any other initiatives that have the impact of improving fishery sustainability.
A FIP may be an intermediate stage towards getting a third-party certification, such as MSC, or it may be a stand-alone initiative aimed at improving a fishery. A key characteristic of all FIPs is that the industry is taking control of their own destiny and playing a key role in their own future.
Why should I join?
FIPs can create two main positive outcomes for fishermen. The first is in improving the stock and many FIP actions are aimed at stock improvement such as by collaborating with scientists to achieve a better understanding of stock health and facilitating moving towards MSY.
The second main benefit is in improving market access and getting a better return for catches. The market for seafood is becoming increasingly demanding in terms of demonstrating that fisheries are either sustainable and well managed or on a path towards it. Irish seafood competes in markets with product sourced from MSC certified fisheries and FIPs.