This FIP was initiated by Beaver Street Fisheries and Shantou Haimao Foods Co.Ltd. in late 2013 and facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). After a year and a half, 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 common Chinese squid (Uroteuthis chinensis) fishery within the eastern Guangdong (Shantou) - Taiwan Bank Fishing Ground (21°50'- 23°30'N, 116 °00'-119°30'E)
2- Fishing gear: jigging and single trawling
3- Fleet involved: around 1000 small to medium scale fishing vessels harbored in Nan'ao Island, Shantou, Guangdong
This FIP was initiated by Beaver Street Fisheries and Shantou Haimao Foods Co.Ltd. in late 2013 and facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).
The project aims to revive the squid fishery and 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. 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.
1- To establish a fishery information collection system with a joint effort from government, research institute, industry, fisher, and NGO
2- To identify the minimum catch size of Uroteuthis chinensis and to implement such voluntary protocol among participants of fisher and processing plants
3- To pilot in building a fishery resource management committee that encourages local fisher to manage fishery resource with the help from government, research institute and NGO
4- To enhance the overall fishery management and stock status to meet the requirements of MSC certification by December 2019.
FIP at a Glance