Launching a FIP

Templates and resources that provide guidance on developing and launching a FIP.


Pre-Assessment/ Needs Assessment

During the FIP development stage, the fishery's performance is evaluated and stakeholders are recruited to participate in the project. A completed FishSource profile or a Seafood Watch report can also be used as a needs assessment for basic FIPs.

Marine Stewardship Council Pre-Assessment: Reporting Template v3.1

Rapid Assessment Tool: The Rapid Assessment tool can be used as a Needs Assessment for Basic FIPs on FisheryProgress. Click the following for the Methodology and Template.

Scoping Document

A scoping document summarizes the results of the needs assessment and recommends strategies for addressing the fishery's challenges.

Basic FIP Scoping Document Template

Comprehensive FIP Scoping Document Template


A fishery improvement project must develop and implement a workplan, designed to address the deficiencies in the fishery necessary to achieve the project's objectives.

Basic and Comprehensive FIP Workplan Template


Participants must commit (e.g. a signed memorandum of understanding, commitment described in participant list) to financially invest in (directly or in-kind) and make improvements to the fishery.

Partnering for Sustainable Fisheries Tool (Marine Stewardship Council)
A comprehensive handbook providing guidance about financing mechanisms to those interested in developing and implementing fishery improvement projects.

FIP Handbook (World Wildlife Fund)
Page 9 provides details about identifying and engaging FIP participants.

Partnership Participant Agreement Template (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership)


At minimum, a FIP budget must include a list of main expenses and revenue sources for the FIP. NOTE: the budget does not need to made publicly available on FisheryProgress.

FIP Budget Template