fishery improvement projects (fips)


A Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is a multistakeholder effort to address environmental challenges in a fishery. These projects utilize the power of the private sector to incentivize positive changes toward sustainability in the fishery and seek to make these changes endure through policy change.

The following are key qualities that a fishery improvement project must have to be considered for support by members of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions. Additional guidance can be found here

  • Participation

  • Public Commitment

  • Objectives

  • Workplan

  • Progress Tracking and Reporting

Basic FIPs and Comprehensive FIPs

  • A basic FIP is a good entry point for fisheries to begin addressing specific environmental challenges.

  • A comprehensive FIP aims to address the full range of environmental challenges necessary for a fishery to achieve a high level of sustainability.

The primary difference between basic and comprehensive fishery improvement projects are the level of scoping to inform development of the workplan, the objectives, and the verification required. Comprehensive FIPs are more detailed and address all of the environmental problems found in the fishery. Basic FIPs address a sub-set of the environmental problems in a fishery and focus effort only on these specific areas. Over time basic FIPs are encouraged to transition into comprehensive FIPs.


fips we support

Since 2009 Sea Delight has been an implementer and support of Global FIPs.

Ecuador Mahi FIP

Indonesia Handline Tuna FIPs

Mexico Grouper FIP

Peru Mahi FIP

Vietnam Handline Swordfish FIP

Vietnam Handline and Longline Tuna FIP


For comments, recommendations, or participation inquiries, please contact:

Stephen Fisher Sustainability Director, Sea Delight