NFI crab council moves to develop ASEAN FIP
The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) Crab Council has made its first move toward developing a series of fisheries improvement project (FIP) protocols and standards for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), announcing the first meeting to begin work.
On 16 December, stakeholders from the public, private and scientific communities, together with crab council partner associations from Indonesia and the Philippines will meet with key NGOs such as the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and the World Wildlife Fund.
"Until now, Asia's main crab exporting countries have been working individually towards better maintaining their fisheries," said Jeremy Crawford, the crab council's Asia liaison. "An ASEAN FIP standard will unify Blue Swimming Crab efforts and elevates crab sustainability to a multi-national level."
The ongoing process will be managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Maximizing Agricultural Revenue Through Knowledge, Enterprise development and Trade program.