FIP information site updated with SFP progress ratings
A website that tracks the progress of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) worldwide has been updated with progress ratings maintained by the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
The site, FisheryProgress.org, now includes A to E progress ratings for more than 40 FIPs currently listed, and will be updated as each FIP provides its biannual progress update, according to a press release from FishChoice, which administers the site.
“Ratings information help buyers make better and easier decisions about sourcing from FIPs,” said Richard Boot, founder and president of FishChoice. “We thank our partners at SFP for working with us to make this important upgrade to FisheryProgress.org a reality.”
The ratings, which were previously only accessible on SFP’s FishSource database, are created using a methodology backed by the Conservation Alliance. The goal of listing them on FisheryProgress.org is to make it easier for potential seafood buyers to see what progress a FIP is making toward its end goals, according to FishChoice.
“These progress ratings have been a critical tool for seafood industry sustainability leaders,” said Sean Murphy, communications manager at SFP. “We’re excited that the ratings are now on FisheryProgress.org so that buyers only need to go to one site to get all the information necessary to make the best decisions about sourcing from FIPs.”
FisheryProgress.org was launched in October 2016 in order to bring more information about FIPs into the public sphere. During its launch, Boot said that while FIPs make fisheries more sustainable by incentivizing public policy upgrades and the creation of sustainability standards, detailed information about the progress being made by FIPs was difficult to track.
Now, the information and updated ratings on FIPs available at FisheryProgress.org is making it easier for buyers to get the information they need to make purchasing decisions, Boot said. The website also makes it possible for FIPs to connect with potential buyers, he said.