Improving Fisheries Management

SFP works to improve fisheries policy and governance in key countries and at the regional level, to achieve stronger environmental protections and enforcement, more sustainably managed stocks, and greater benefits for fishing communities. 

Scaling-up our impact

The enactment of management measures by management authorities is a common goal of most fishery improvement projects (FIPs), as improvements in policies are a critical step toward long-term sustainability. But individual fishery improvement projects (FIPs) are often limited in scope and unable to influence national policy. Through this initiative, we will use a number of tools to foster better coordination among FIPs, enabling them to work together to improve fisheries policy and management. 

Tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing

A top priority of our work is addressing the persistent challenges of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. We align seafood supply chain players, from international buyers to domestic processors to fisher organizations, to press for policies that address IUU fishing, and educate governments on the merits of the proposed reforms.

Target 75 initiative

SFP’s Target 75 (T75) initiative aims to ensure that 75 percent of seafood (by volume) in 13 key sectors is either sustainable or making regular, verifiable improvements. Together, the T75 sectors cover most of the main types of seafood consumed in North America and Europe, and a significant portion of what is consumed in Japan.

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Help Stop IUU Fishing

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