In 2010, a FIP was announced for the Louisiana shrimp fishery led by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). A public work plan for the fishery was finalized in November of 2012 with the goals of 1) creating a Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the shrimp fishery management and monitoring in state waters, 2) releasing information on sea turtle interactions in state waters, 3) publishing information on state fishery management systems, and 4) releasing information on fishery enforcement including summarized compliance and enforcement data. As of August 2015, all of these actions had been completed.
SFP handed leadership of the FIP to the Audubon Nature Institute’s Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries Program (G.U.L.F.), a regional group that is able to work closely with industry members in Louisiana to further enhance the sustainability of the fishery. Initially, the second stage of the Louisiana Shrimp FIP started as a Basic FIP. However, based on participant needs, it is tranisitioning to a Comprehensive FIP as outlined by the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. As the FIP progresses through the stages of a Comprehensive FIP against the MSC standard, the fishery will also be subsequently assessed against the G.U.L.F. Responsible Fishery Management Certification Scheme, a new standard developed by G.U.L.F. and tailored to Gulf of Mexico fisheries.
In 2010, a FIP was announced for the Louisiana shrimp fishery led by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).
The objective of the Louisiana Shrimp FIP is to improve the fishery through a comprehensive FIP process according to the guidelines under the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions.
FIP at a Glance