Reporting progress on a FIP
All FIPs listed on FisheryProgress.org must report progress according to the following timelines for six-month, annual, and three-year audit reports.
- Six-Month Progress Report
- Every six months, all FIPs must submit a comprehensive update on progress for all actions, providing both a written description and any evidence demonstrating progress achieved. Download an instructional PDF on how to complete six-month progress reporting here.
- Annual Progress Report
- Every 12 months, all FIPs must update their indicator scores to reflect progress made by 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. Download an instructional PDF on how to complete annual progress reporting here.
How to do a FIP Progress Update (4:26 minutes). An introduction to Progress Updates for Fishery Improvement Projects. We’ll cover what is required for both six-month and annual progress reports, and how to make these updates to a FIP on FisheryProgress.
- Three-Year Audits
- Every three years, comprehensive FIPs are required to have an independent, in-person audit of action results and performance against the MSC standard (in-person may mean the location of the fishery, the location of FIP stakeholders, or where workplan actions take place). The audit should be completed by someone who is both experienced with the MSC standard (e.g., is a registered MSC technical consultant or accredited conformity assessment body or has other demonstrated qualifications approved by the reviewer) and independent from the organization implementing the FIP (i.e., not a FIP participant or FIP lead, and has not been an employee of either within the past three years). FIPs must use the three-year audit template.
- One-Time Report Deadline Extension
- An established FIP (i.e. those that create a profile after implementation has already started) may request a one-time adjustment of up to three months to its progress report due date to better align with the FIP's work cycle with valid explanation for the adjustment.
You can read more about our reporting requirements in the FIP Review Guidelines.
What happens when a FIP fails to report progress?
A report will be considered missed if not completed within one month of the deadline. To be considered complete, a FIP must submit its report and address any issues flagged by the reviewer. If a report is not completed within one month of the deadline, the FIP’s missed report deadline will be highlighted in red on the FIP overview page.
If the FIP completes a missed report after one month, the passed deadline distinction will be removed but the report will still be considered missed. Two missed reports will render the FIP inactive.
If a FIP misses an annual report, all annual report requirements outlined above (including updating indicator scores) must be met in the following reporting cycle. The FIP’s next annual report date will be adjusted to 12 months from the completed report date.
Inactive FIPs are those that suspended work before achieving their objectives, due to them reporting they are suspending work or the reviewer designating them as inactive due to one year of failure to report (i.e. missing two reporting deadlines) or three years of insufficient progress (i.e. the FIP has delivered no stage 4 or 5 outcomes within three years).
What happens when a FIP is complete?
Completed FIPs are those that have achieved their objectives and/or graduated to MSC full assessment or other program assessment. A FIP can be considered completed if it achieves its objectives even if it chooses not to enter certification (or for basic FIPs, if performance doesn’t reach the level required for certification). For basic FIPs, independent verification (i.e., completed by someone not affiliated with the FIP) could include a revised assessment report, government report, or peer-reviewed paper. For FIPs pursuing certification, the certification report serves as independent verification.
Completed FIPs will be left on the site indefinitely. FisheryProgress does not continue to review FIPs progress or data once marked as completed on the site