Assessing a Fishery

Resources that provide guidance on assessing a fishery, including pre-assessment, needs assessment, and scoping document tools.
 

MSC Pre-Assessment

Marine Stewardship Council Pre-Assessment Reporting Template v2.0

World Wildlife Fund - US MSC Handbook: Guidelines for Developing MSC Pre-Assessment and Full Assessment Projects
Page 15 provides guidance about the MSC pre-assessment process and why a fishery would consider conducting one.

 

Needs Assessment

Rapid Assessment Tool

The Rapid Assessment Tool is designed to quickly identify major deficiencies in fishery sustainability, for general scoping or to facilitate movement of a fishery into an improvement project. It can be used as a Needs Assessment for Basic FIPs on FIsheryProgress. Click here for the Methodology and Template.

FishSource
An overview assessment of a fishery’s sustainability status using FishSource.com can help identify areas where a fishery should improve.

 

Scoping Document

World Wildlife Fund - US FIP Handbook: Guidelines for Developing Fishery Improvement Projects
Page 23 provides an overview of how to develop a scoping document, and pages 43-47 offer a template tool and example FIPs can use to create their scoping documents.

 

FIP Progress Ratings 

FIP Progress Ratings, developed by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, use time benchmarks to quickly understand the rate at which a fishery is improving. Each progress rating is associated with an alphabetic 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.