The following is guidance for website users looking to find a FIP profile or contact a FIP listed on FisheryProgress.org. For detailed information on the protocols FisheryProgress.org uses to review and display FIP information, download our FIP review guidelines. For definitions of terms used throughout the site, please read our glossary.
Searching for a FIP
To search for a FIP, you must either create an account or log into an existing account. Once logged in, click FIP Directory then search using any of the criteria listed.
You can search all FIPs on FisheryProgress.org by criteria such as species, location, or FIP name. You can also search for FIPs by type by choosing the relevant tab. FIP types include:
- Basic FIPs
- Basic FIPs are a good entry point for fisheries to begin addressing specific environmental challenges to improve their performance against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Basic FIPs complete a needs assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery.
- Comprehensive FIPs
- Comprehensive FIPs aim to address all of the fishery’s environmental challenges necessary to achieve a level of performance consistent with an unconditional pass of the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Comprehensive FIPs engage a party experienced with applying the MSC standard to complete an MSC pre-assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery and must have independent, in-person audits of progress against the MSC standard every three years.
- Prospective FIPs
- Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for basic or comprehensive FIPs and are currently in stage 0, 1, or 2.
- Completed FIPs
- Completed FIPs have graduated to certification or otherwise achieved all of their objectives.
- Inactive FIPs
- Inactive FIPs ended before achieving their goals or failed to meet the FisheryProgress.org requirements for progress reporting (specifically, failing to submit reports for one year or failing to report at least one stage 4 or 5 outcome within three years).
Understanding a FIP profile
A FIP’s overview page includes general information about the FIP, including a brief description, details about what the FIP focuses on, and contact information for the lead organization.
In addition, the profile provides information about the FIP’s progress on making measurable improvements against the indicators. The “How is This Fishery Doing?” section provides a snapshot of this progress, and users can click on specific indicators to display details on the FIP’s actions and progress achieved.
Users can find additional details about the FIP on the subpages, accessible by the tabs along the top of the profile.
Contacting a FIP
If you’d like to contact a FIP, you can reach out directly to the point of contact for the FIP’s lead organization. You can find the contact’s name and email address on the FIP’s overview page.
Getting involved in a FIP
FIPs have the option of listing engagement opportunities that highlight ways other parties can get involved in helping the FIP meet its goal. To view these opportunities, go to a FIP’s profile and click the “Additional Info” tab. Click the arrow to the right of an opportunity to view more information, if available.
If you would like to get involved in a FIP, you can reach out directly to the point of contact for the FIP’s lead organization. You can find the contact’s name and email address on the FIP’s overview page.