Adriatic European sardine - purse seine

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Overview

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Adriatic small pelagic FIP establishing parties was signed in 2016. Signatories of the MoU are WWF Adria, Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia (Directorate of Fisheries) and omega-3 fishery cooperative. A preassessment and scoping document for this fishery was completed in October 2017. The action plan was developed in May 2017 and the FIP launched a year later. This FIP is focused on the Croatian-authorized purse seine fleet targeting sardine in GSA17 and GSA18. The only type of gear used in this fishery is purse seine. 

For full information about the FIP and its progress please refer to the benchmarking files available in the documents section.

FIP Description 

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Adriatic small pelagic FIP establishing parties was signed in 2016. Signatories of the MoU are WWF Adria, Ministry of Agriculture of Croatia (Directorate of Fisheries) and omega-3 fishery cooperative.

FIP Objective(s) 

During the project period from May 2018 through May 2022 the FIP will address the following objectives:

  • Achieve MSC certification for the Croatian small pelagic purse seine fishery
  • Establish co-management principle in managing small pelagic fishery at Croatian national level in order to ensure better compliance between authority, industrial and scientific sector
  • Reduce fishing mortality to support stock rebuilding, while maintaining livelihoods
  • Develop a socio-economic study in order to determine vessel income and profitability in relation to catch size and fish quality
  • Support Croatian small pelagic fleet to reduce catch and improve quality
  • Improve/establish market access for premium fish
  • Develop better infrastructure for ensuring premium fish at landing sites
  • Improve stock assessment and management strategy through supporting ongoing improvements in the methodology for the regional stock assessment and setting of the management targets for the stock
  • Develop a national data assessment as a mean to add value to the regional stock assessment process
  • Adapt fisheries management measures based on new regional management strategy
  • Improve information for stock assessment and adaptive management through ensuring a better understanding of the collection, analysis and interpretation of fisheries data as well as stock assessment techniques
  • Improve knowledge of sardine role in the ecosystem, evaluate key LTL status of sardine
  • Record information on discards (slipping) and interactions with ETP species through development of data collection protocols, observer programme
  • Put in place additional management measures if mortality rates of ETP species are too high
FIP Type 
Comprehensive
FIP Stage 
Stage 3: FIP Implementation
Start and Projected End Dates
May 2018
May 2022
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Species 
Common Name 
European Sardine
Scientific Name 
Sardina pilchardus
Additional Names 
Srdela
Gear Type 
Purse Seine
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 37 (Mediterranean and Black Sea)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
Croatia
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Volume
FIP Volume 
14,000 metric tons
Total Fishery Volume 
65,000 metric tons
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FIP at a Glance

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May 01, 2018
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Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
Reserved for comprehensive FIPs that have a Stage 4 or 5 result within the past 12 months.

B - Good Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 in more than 12 months AND Stage 3 activity in the last year; OR a basic FIP that has achieved Stage 4 or 5 achievements within the past 12 months.

C - Some Recent Progress
A FIP that has achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 12 (but less than 24) months but has not generated a Stage 3 result within the past 12 months OR a FIP younger than a year that has never achieved a Stage 4 or 5 result but has completed a Stage 3 activity.

D - Some Past Progress
A FIP for which the most recent publicly reported Stage 4 or 5 result is more than 24 (but less than 30) months.

E - Negligible Progress
A FIP older than a year that has not reported a Stage 4 or 5 result in more than 30 month (but less than 36) months; OR a FIP younger than 1 year that has not reported a Stage 3 activity.

The ratings are currently derived by SFP from publicly available data on FIP websites, including FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
Not yet available
Actions Complete
  • Complete
  • Incomplete
Next Update Due FisheryProgress requires a FIP to provide update reports every six months, and two missed reports will render the FIP inactive. If a report is overdue, this date will appear red.
Feb 2020
Target End Date
May 2022

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
WWF Adria
Organization Type 
NGO
Primary Contact 
Toni Trevižan
Phone 
+385 95 365 4879
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