NGOs and FIPs
FIPs are required to transparently demonstrate that they are making progress towards sustainability. They may be supported or partnered with an NGO to ensure that this is a credible process. For example in the UK a number of FIPs have been set up and are running with the support of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and they must comply with an MSC approved FIP process.
The Irish Whitefish FIP works with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) which is a business-focused NGO focuses on the use of information tools and a methodology that allows companies to directly engage with suppliers of natural resources. It does not campaign or provide eco-labels, but works to reduce the barriers to action by industry in creating a more sustainable world. SFP operates through two main principles: information and improvement.