The following is guidance for users looking to create a FIP profile. For detailed information on the protocols FisheryProgress.org uses to review and display FIP information, see our FIP Review Guidelines. For definitions of terms used throughout the site, please read our Glossary.
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Creating a new FIP profile
To create a new FIP profile, you must first have attended a training webinar and obtained FIP Coordinator access for your FisheryProgress account.
When logged in as a FIP Coordinator, click My Dashboard then click the “Add profile” button.
You may create a profile for a basic, comprehensive, or prospective FIP. Once you’ve created a FIP profile, you can return to your FIP to edit the profile at any time by clicking My Dashboard and selecting the profile from the drop-down box.
Follow the prompts on the Main Profile, entering information into each of the data fields. Additional information and guidance is provided under each field title. Fields with a (*) are required in order for the FIP to be published. When you are finished entering information, click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Next, click on the Documents tab and upload the FIP documents. Templates for all required FIP documents can be found here. Document fields with a (*) are required in order for the FIP to be published. All documents you upload here will be part of the FIP’s public profile on the website (with the exception of the proof of budget, which you can choose to make public or keep private). When you are finished entering information, click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Click on the Indicators tab and follow the instructions to upload the MSC performance indicators from the FIP's pre-assessment or needs assessment. You will do this by clicking "Add" under the Y0 column for each performance indicator, selecting the indicator score, and clicking "Save Indicator" at the bottom of the page.
Note for basic FIPs: If your FIP is not addressing a performance indicator through a specific action(s) in the workplan, but the performance indicator was scored <80 in the needs assessment, select “N/A” and enter an explanation for why the FIP is not addressing this performance indicator.
If your FIP includes multiple species, gears, or management jurisdictions, and your pre-assessment or needs assessment includes separate scores for each species/gear/jurisdiction combination, first complete the Multi-species/Gear/Jurisdiction Indicator Score Spreadsheet. Next, look across the scores for each indicator and enter the lowest score for each indicator under the Y0 Base column. Finally, under the "Additional Information for Multi-Species/Gear/Jurisdiction FIPs" section, fill out the score combinations and upload your completed Multi-Species/Gear/Jurisdiction Indicator Score Spreadsheet. When you are finished entering information, click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Next, click on the Actions tab to upload the actions that the FIP is undertaking and the specific tasks for each action, based on the FIP’s workplan. An action can be created by clicking "Add an action". Follow the prompts, entering information into each of the data fields. Additional explanation and guidance is provided under each field title. Fields with a (*) are required for each action. When you are finished entering information, click "Save for review" at the bottom of the page.
Submit Your FIP
If you've uploaded the minimum data requirements for FIP — all of the required data fields denoted by a red asterisk, at least one MSC Performance Indicator, and at least one Action — you should now see "Submit for review" button at the top of every FIP profile tab. Click this button when you have finished uploading information for your FIP and you are ready for the FisheryProgress team to review the FIP for publication. If you are not ready to submit your FIP at this point, you are able to continue editing your profile and can submit it at a later date.
Optional: Engagement Opportunities and Additional Impacts
If your FIP would benefit from additional support, you can create a list of opportunities for others to engage in the FIP that will be displayed on the website. Click the Engagement Opportunities tab and “Add an opportunity” to create an engagement opportunity. Follow the prompts, entering information into each of the data fields. Additional explanation and guidance is provided under each field title. Fields with a (*) are required for each action. When you are finished entering information, click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
You can provide optional information on additional impacts your FIP is working to achieve, such as addressing social issues; traceability; illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUU); and ecosystem issues by cliking on the Additonal Impacts tab. In each section relevant to your FIP, you can provide a description of what the FIP is doing in that area and upload or link to documents. When you are finished entering information, click "Send for review" at the bottom of the page.
FIP Review by FisheryProgress
When a FIP is submitted for review, we check to make sure that all the necessary documents are uploaded:
- An assessment against the MSC Standard that shows how the fishery is doing
- A scoping document that recommends strategies for addressing the fishery’s challenges
- A workplan that outlines what actions will be taken to improve the fishery
- A proof of budget
Of all the documents, the proof of budget is the only one that can be private. These four documents must be in English, however they can also be uploaded in a different language that is more appropriate for the audience.
FisheryProgress reviews all the information and supporting documents to check them for alignment. We review the actions to see if they are aligned with meeting the FIP's stated objectives, and if each action is matched with the appropriate MSC Performance Indicators. We look to see if the appropriate participants are included in each action, and if there is an appropriate budget to complete the workplan. This review helps to ensure that the FIP is credible.
The reviewer will aim to complete the initial review of the FIP profile within one month of the date the FIP was submited. The time it takes for a FIP to be published on the site can vary (from one week up to several months) because there is usually some back-and-forth between the FIP Coordinator and FisheryProgress during the initial review.