Shantou-Taiwan Chinese common squid - jigging/single trawl

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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.

Basic Information:

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

FIP Description 

This FIP was initiated by Beaver Street Fisheries and Shantou Haimao Foods Co.Ltd. in late 2013 and facilitated by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP).

FIP Objective(s) 

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.

Specific Objectives by December 2019:

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

FIP Type 
FIP Stage 
Stage 4: Improvements in Fishing Practices or Fishery Management
Start and Projected End Dates
August 2017
December 2019
Next Progress Report Due 
Friday, February 28, 2020
Common Name 
Mitre Squid
Scientific Name 
Uroteuthis chinensis
Additional Names 
Chinese Common squid
Gear Type 
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 61 (Pacific, Northwest)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Geographic Scope 
Guangdong & Fujian Province
Regional Fisheries Management Organization
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
30,000 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
100,000 metric tons

FIP at a Glance

64% 14% 18% 4%
August 01, 2017
82% 18%
Progress Rating

A - Advanced Progress
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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
B Good Progress
Actions Complete
  • 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 2020
Target End Date
Dec 2019
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FIP Leads

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