Fishery Improvement Project
Following the loss of Marine Stewardship Council certification in February 2018 the Celtic Sea Herring Management Advisory Committee decided to implement a Fishery Improvement Project. The Committee is currently working on a Rebuilding Plan, with The Marine Institute. The Plan will be presented to the Pelagic Advisory Council in October 2018.
Fishery Improvement Project:
A Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is a plan to improve a fishery over a given time period. The CSHMAC has started developing a rebuilding plan for the stock with The Marine Institute (Ireland’s fisheries scientific body). The re-building plan is being developed over the summer of 2018 and will be presented to the Pelagic Advisory Council in October.
Objective of the FIP:
The goal of the FIP will be to achieve Marine Stewardship Council Certification for the Fishery.
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership:
The FIP will be developed in conjunction with Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP). This is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which works with FIPs globally and has relationships with many of the large retail chains.
FIP start date
|March -October 2018||Rebuilding Plan development by Marine Institute|
Adoption of the plan by CSHMAC
|September-December||Marine Institute sampling plan in agents and on vessels to gather data for stock assessment|
|October 2nd||Presentation of the Plan to Pelagic Advisory Council|
|October 9th||Publication of the new rebuilding plan once agreed by the Pelagic Advisory Council|
|October 15th||Start of acoustic survey by Marine Institute with industry observer|
|September 2019||Fleet to implement the new rebuilding Plan for the new season|
|October 2019||Marine Institute acoustic survey with industry observer|
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