Shantou-Taiwan Chinese common squid and short arm octopus - jig/trawl

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Squid FIP and Octopus FIP was initiated by Beaver Street Fisheries and Shantou Haimao Foods Co.Ltd. in late 2013 and beginning of 2018. facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). Now, the FIP successfully engaged various stakeholders with coordination from China Blue Sustainability Institute (shortened as ‘China Blue’), including national institutes (i.e. China Society of Fisheries, South China Sea Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fisheries Science (SCSFRI); local fishery authorities (i.e. Shantou Ocean and Fishery Bureau (SOFB); local industry association (i.e.Shantou Fisheries Industry Association (SFIA), and leading international squid buyers and main processors in China. 

Basic Information:

1- Target Stock: the fishery of common Chinese squid (Uroteuthis chinensis) and shortarm octopus (Octopus Ocellatus) within the eastern Guangdong (Shantou) - Taiwan Bank Fishing Ground (21°50'- 23°30'N, 116 °00'-119°30'E)

2- Fishing gear: jigging (squid&octopus) and single trawling (squid)

3- Fleet involved: Licensed vessels fishing in Shantou-Taiwan Bank Fishing Ground from Guangdong and Fujian provinces.

FIP Description 

Squid FIP and Octopus FIP was initiated by Beaver Street Fisheries and Shantou Haimao Foods Co.Ltd. in late 2013 and beginning of 2018. facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

FIP Objective(s) 

The project aims to revive the squid and octopus fishery, to enhance capacity of the industry and local fishery managers to sustain the fishery against the MSC standard. Through implementing the FIP, multi-stakeholders of the fishery supply chain are expected to jointly improve management efficiency and practices, which will demonstrate a new model of fishery resource management that inspires more initiatives for sustainable costal fishery in China. Based on the above efforts, the objective is to ensure that all indicators can satisfy the equivalence of SG80 for all MSC Performance Indicators by 2030. As an output of this project, a most suitable fishery unit defined by species, fishing area, fishing fleet and operation gear type will be recommended to obtain MSC fishery certificate when it is qualified to meet with the standards.

Specific Objectives by May 2023:

1- To determine squid and octopus stock status.

2- To confirm fishing efforts and identify potential harvest control rules and make feasible plans with stakeholders.

3- To identify the ecological status of secondary species and its impacts from targeted fishery and assure the rebuilding of main secondary species.

4-To investigation and analysis of ETP species, support to the reserve and government and public.

5-To identify the potential habitat impact of target fisheries.

6-To identify the potential ecosystem impact of target fisheries.

7-To identify key information about legal disputes solution and confirm/clarify the legislatures, fishery consultation process and decision-making process.

8-Provide on ground suggestions based on biological survey and assessment of the target fishery, the livelihood and organization of fishermen, and the challenges encountered by local fisheries management.

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2017
May 2030
Based on the actual situation, Extend the duration of the FIP’s end date to a realistic timeframe that MSC certification.
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Common Name 
Mitre Squid
Scientific Name
Uroteuthis chinensis
Common Name 
Scientific Name
Octopus ocellatus
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Guangdong & Fujian Province
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
30,800 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
110,000 metric tons
Landings Date 
August 2018

FIP at a Glance

64% 14% 18% 4%
August 01, 2017
82% 18%
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, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
C Some Recent Progress
Actions Complete

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  • 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 2022
Target End Date
May 2030
Additional Impacts:

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
China Blue Sustainability Institute
Organization Type 
Primary Contact 
Han Han
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