UK Orkney brown crab - pot

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Overview

The Orkney Brown Crab fishery completed a 5-year FIP in 2017 and entered the MSC full assessment in 2018. During that assessment, it was noted that the fishery would fall short of the standard by 1 point in Principle 1 with a score of 79. The scores for principles 2 and 3 were above 80.  This is due to the current regulatory framework that the crab and all shellfish species are managed under in Scotland. For us to meet the MSC standard fully it is going to require a change in primary legislation. Due to this, the fishery withdrew from the full assessment process at the client draft report stage.

This continuation of the FIP for Orkney Brown Crab will ensure that we continue to meet the MSC standard for all the performance indicators that we met during the previous FIP and strive to score higher if possible in addition to increasing the scores for the performance indicators that scored under 80. 

Through industry engagement with fishers, processors, merchants, and retailers we hope to build on the work through this FIP to ensure biological, social, and economic sustainability for the fishery. 

FIP Description 

The Orkney Brown Crab fishery completed a 5-year FIP in 2017 and entered the MSC full assessment in 2018. During that assessment, it was noted that the fishery would fall short of the standard by 1 point in Principle 1 with a score of 79.

FIP Objective(s) 

The aim of this continuation of the FIP for Orkney Brown Crab is for the fishery to meet the MSC Fishing Standard by 2027. 

We will do this by improving the MSC indicator scores for Performance Indicators: 

  • 1.2.1 Harvest strategy
  • 1.2.2 Harvest control rules & tools
  • 2.2.2 Secondary species management
  • 3.2.1 Fishery-specific objectives

We will also maintain all the other indicators that currently meet the MSC standard. 

FIP Type 
Basic
FIP Stage 
Stage 2: FIP Launch
Start and Projected End Dates
July 2021
July 2024
Next Progress Report Due 
Monday, February 28, 2022
Species 
Common Name 
Brown Crab
Scientific Name
Cancer pagurus
Gear Type 
Pot/Trap
Location
FAO Major Fishing Area
Area 27 (Atlantic, Northeast)
Exclusive Economic Zones
Country 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Geographic Scope 
Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
Landings
Estimated Total FIP Landings 
2,285 metric tons
Estimated Total Fishery Landings 
2,285 metric tons
Landings Date 
May 2021
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FIP at a Glance

14% 86%
July 01, 2021
14% 86%
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 FisheryProgress.org, and are determined using the following methodology: View PDF
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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
Jul 2024

FIP Leads

Organization Name 
Orkney Sustainable Fisheries Ltd
Organization Type 
Other
Primary Contact 
Kate Rydzkowski
Phone 
07527005025
FIP Identification Number The FIP Identification Number is automatically generated by FisheryProgress when a FIP profile is created. While the number itself is not meaningful, they are used by NGOs, academia, and industry to refer to FIPs in a consistent way.
15659