The following is guidance for users looking to create or update a FIP profile. For detailed information on the protocols FisheryProgress.org uses to review and display FIP information, download our FIP Review Guidelines. For definitions of terms used throughout the site, please read our glossary.
Adding a new FIP profile
To create a new FIP profile, you must either create an account or log into an existing account. Once logged in, click Add or Update a FIP then click the “Add Profile” button.
You may create a profile for a basic, comprehensive, or prospective FIP. FisheryProgress.org defines each of these as follows:
- Basic FIPs
- Basic FIPs are a good entry point for fisheries to begin addressing specific environmental challenges to improve their performance against the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Basic FIPs complete a needs assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery.
- Comprehensive FIPs
- Comprehensive FIPs aim to address all of the fishery’s environmental challenges necessary to achieve a level of performance consistent with an unconditional pass of the Marine Stewardship Council Fisheries Standard. Comprehensive FIPs engage a party experienced with applying the MSC standard to complete an MSC pre-assessment to understand the challenges in the fishery and must have independent, in-person audits of progress against the MSC standard every three years.
- Prospective FIPs
- Prospective FIPs intend to meet the requirements for basic or comprehensive FIPs and are currently in stage 0, 1, or 2.
To help ease the process of creating a FIP profile, you can use this spreadsheet to compile your data into one place.
You can also add industry engagement opportunities for your FIP on the site. Engaging seafood companies effectively can help ensure forward progress in your FIP; you can use this worksheet to help you develop publicly available FIP engagement opportunities.
Once you’ve created a FIP profile, you can return here to edit your profile by clicking Add or Update a FIP then selecting a profile to edit from the drop-down box.
Reporting progress on a FIP
All FIPs listed on FisheryProgress.org must report progress according to the following timelines.
- Six-Month Reporting on Action Progress
- Every six months, all FIPs must submit evidence demonstrating activity progress, and provide a written description of progress.
- Annual Reporting
- Every 12 months, all FIPs must update their indicator scores to reflect progress made in the FIP. FIPs report any changes in score (an increase within a scoring range or to the next scoring range) and provide a brief written rationale for the changes. There are two ways a FIP can provide evidence for score changes: 1) The written rationale can point to evidence for action progress (see above); and/or 2) If the score changes are the result of demonstrated improvements in policy, management, or fishing practices or improvements on the water, not reflected in the action progress evidence, the FIP must submit supplemental evidence for the score change.
- Three-Year Auditing
- Every three years, comprehensive FIPs are required to have an independent, in-person audit of action results and performance against the MSC standard by someone who is both experienced with the MSC standard (e.g., is a registered MSC technical consultant or accredited auditing body) and independent from the organization implementing the FIP. The FIP may upload this comprehensive audit in place of the annual reporting evidence in years when the audit is completed. Comprehensive FIPs may choose to audit more frequently and basic FIPs may choose to conduct an audit that meets these criteria.
What happens when a FIP is complete?
Completed FIPs are those that have graduated to certification and/or achieved their objectives. A FIP must provide independent verification appropriate to the claim it is making (e.g., certification report, assessment report, public evidence). The FIP will then be listed in the Completed section of FisheryProgress.org.
FisheryProgress.org will not track whether the FIP has maintained completion once it is listed as completed.
What happens when a FIP fails to report progress?
Inactive FIPs are those that ended before achieving their goals, due to them reporting they are ending or FisheryProgress.org marking them as inactive. FisheryProgress.org will make FIPs inactive due to:
One year of failure to report (i.e., missing two six-month reporting deadlines), or
Three years of insufficient progress (i.e., the FIP has delivered no stage 4 or 5 outcomes within three years).
Inactive FIPs will be listed in the Inactive section of FIsheryProgress.org. To become active again, a FIP must either fully update its progress (if moved to inactive for one year of failure to report) or provide evidence of a stage 4 or 5 outcome (if moved to inactive for three years of insufficient progress).
What happens if there are changes in a FIP, such as personnel or direction?
Changes may occur over the life of a FIP. For minor changes (e.g., change in FIP lead, new participants added), the reviewer will ensure the change is made on the website. Reporting deadlines will remain the same.
For significant scope changes, the reviewer will work with the FIP to ensure updated materials are uploaded, repeat the initial review, and reset the annual review date. If the change is due to increased ambition or scope, the FIP’s new information will be published as soon as it’s reviewed. For other changes, the reviewer may remove the FIP from the website for a maximum of six months.
If a current FIP has questions about whether changes require the FIP to be reassessed, please visit the Contact page to send us a message.