FIP Templates

Budgeting

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

 Download the FIP Budget Template here.


Fisher Awareness of Rights

Starting January 1, 2023, FIPs must demonstrate they are undertaking best efforts to make fishers aware of their rights including, at a minimum:

  • The commitments and responsibilities outlined in the FIP’s policy statement(s) (see Requirement 1.1)
  • The availability of grievance mechanisms and how to use them

To meet this requirement, FIPs must submit a completed FisheryProgress Awareness of Rights template and provide evidence to support the actions described in the template. The template will be released in Q2 2022 and posted here.


Grievance Mechanism

As of May 1, 2022, all FIPs must demonstrate there is a grievance mechanism available to all fishers in the FIP by their first six-month report. To meet this requirement, FIPs must submit a copy of their documented grievance mechanism. Although there is no required template, FisheryProgress developed Guidance on the Initial Deadline, which includes a reporting checklist, to help FIPs prepare to meet the requirement.

Any FIP that cannot meet requirement 1.4 by their initial deadline can request a one-time temporary exemption by submitting a completed exemption request. Please refer to the Exemption Request Instructions for information regarding the exemption request process and download the Exemption Request Form here.


Policy Statement

Starting January 1, 2023, FIPs must provide a public policy statement that expresses their responsibilities, commitments, and/or expectations regarding human rights and social responsibility. FisheryProgress is redesigning the previously released FisheryProgress Human Rights Code of Conduct into a model that FIPs may use to meet Requirement 1.1 (Revised). The model, corresponding guidance, and description template will be released in Q2 2022 and posted here.


Pre-Assessment / Needs Assessment

During the FIP development stage, the fishery's performance is evaluated and stakeholders are recruited to participate in the project.

  • Marine Stewardship Council Pre-Assessment (Download)
  • Environmental Rapid Assessment Tool: The Environmental Rapid Assessment tool can be used as a Needs Assessment for Basic FIPs on FisheryProgress (Download)

View the Environmental Rapid Assessment Methodology here.


Risk Assessment

FIPs that meet one or more of the FisheryProgress criteria for increased risk of forced labor and human trafficking must complete a risk assessment of the Core FisheryProgress SRA Indicators (a subset of indicators in the Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) Tool). The completed risk assessment must be submitted as part of the FIP’s first annual report.

FIPs that do not meet the FisheryProgress criteria for increased risk of forced labor and human trafficking are not required to complete a risk assessment, but are strongly encouraged to do so.

All risk assessments reported on through FisheryProgress.org must use either the FisheryProgressbelow template or the ELEVATE SRA Tool Assessment Template.

 Download the FisheryProgress Risk Assessment template here.

Find the ELEVATE SRA Tool Assessment template here.


Scoping Document

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

 Download the Scoping Document here.


Self-Evaluation of Risk Criteria

All FIPs are required to complete and submit a self-evaluation against the FisheryProgress criteria for increased risk of forced labor and human trafficking. The completed self-evaluation must be provided when creating a FIP profile.

Complete the Self-Evaluation of Risk Criteria here.


Vessel and/or Fisher Information

As of May 1, 2022, all FIPs must provide information on the fishers and/or vessels in the scope of the FIP. This information must be provided when creating a FIP profile.

 Download the template here.


Workplan

A FIP must have an environmental workplan and may also be required to have a social workplan. Both require the use of specific templates.

  •  Environmental Workplan (Download)
    • A fishery improvement project must develop and implement an environmental workplan, designed to address the deficiencies in the fishery necessary to achieve the project's environmental objectives. 
  •  Social Workplan and Progress Reporting (Download)
    • For all performance indicators in the risk assessment where the FIP scores as red, the FIP must create a workplan that describes the actions it will undertake to improve performance to at least the yellow scoring level on the SRA. FIPs are encouraged to create a workplan to achieve the green scoring level for all indicators, but are not required to do so. Both FIPs required to create a workplan to address red-scoring indicators and FIPs choosing to create a workplan to address other social challenges must use the below template. The completed workplan must be submitted as part of the FIP’s first annual report.

      FIPs required to create a workplan must also report every six months – the same as their current schedule – on progress toward completing the actions in their social workplan. FIPs report on progress by adding an update below each action in their workplan and uploading the updated workplan to their FIP profile.