Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

The MSC recognises the contribution that Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) can make to improving overall fisheries health and in promoting sustainable seafood when they operate in a credible manner and when market recognition is conditional on demonstrable improvements and measurable progress towards sustainability.

Current status

Following the release of MSC definition of credible FIPs in June 2015, the MSC Board of Trustees approved the development of a new program to independently verify and recognise fisheries that are making demonstrable fishery improvements towards entering full assessment and achieving MSC certification, thereby providing a framework to encourage and support all fisheries wishing to access the MSC Program. This new program is called the In Transition to MSC (ITM) Program.

The ITM Program builds on existing MSC tools and initiatives, with the aim to provide a framework for continuous improvement to support fisheries as they transition to MSC certification. It seeks to provide a clear and transparent way for the market to identify fisheries that are delivering improvements towards sustainability and are on track to enter MSC full assessment.

The ITM Program is proposed to be available in 2018, following consultation with a wide group of stakeholders throughout 2016 and 2017. The MSC is seeking to maximise opportunities for collaboration and to involve as many stakeholders as possible in the development of the ITM Program.

To ensure the development of this program item is inclusive and robust, the MSC invites interested stakeholders to participate in a series of consultations.

The first round of public consultation is now closed:

Planned work

Take a look at our planned work in this project and how you can get involved.

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