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.
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.
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).
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 at a Glance