The National Sole Fishery Co-Management Committee (NASCOM), The Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters of The Gambia and the Atlantic Seafood Company Ltd. are committed partners to this FIP. NASCOM has been delegated management responsibility and exclusive use rights to the sole fishery and associated marine catfish fishery in the artisanal zone (out to 9 nautical miles along the Atlantic coast) in a gazetted Sole Fishery Co-Management Plan. NASCOM is coordinating this FIP.
The National Sole Fishery Co-Management Committee (NASCOM), The Department of Fisheries of the Ministry of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters of The Gambia and the Atlantic Seafood Company Ltd.
The objective of the Gambia Sole Fishery FIP is to implement a developing region Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) for the Gambian Sole Fishery based on the findings of the 2015 Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Pre-assessment and by following the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (CASS) guidelines for a comprehensive FIP.
By July 2022, the FIP aims to make progress on addressing the gaps identified in the 2015 MSC Pre-assessment as follows:
For Principle 1, five performance indicators related to data limitations for stock assessment and establishing reference points in order to develop harvest control rules.
For Principle 2, eight performance indicators for secondary species and ETP species information, management, and monitoring
For Principle 3, one performance indicator for compliance and enforcement