According to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Fishery Improvement Projects or FIPs are “multi-stakeholder initiatives that aim to help fisheries work towards sustainability”. They also affirm that for a FIP to be credible they must “be transparent, demonstrate measurable improvement and are operated in a credible manner”.
The key elements to achieve successful FIPs are:
- Completion of an MSC pre-assessment
- Development of an improvement action plan
- Regular reporting on progress
- A mechanism to independently verify progress
- A clear timeline with an end date, generally not exceeding 5 years
- Commitment to MSC certification
(Retrieved online from www.msc.org)
A fundamental part of NETUNO’s operation and philosophy is to remain conscious and respectful for the environment, that’ why we support 8 FIPs worldwide:
- Snapper in Brazil
- Grouper & Snapper in Indonesia
- Grouper in Mexico
- Octopus in Mexico
- Lobster in Mexico
- Lobster in Honduras
- Squid in China and Indian Ocean Tuna (Even though we don’t sell Tuna, our Wahoo, Mahi, and Cobia are a by-catch result of Indian Ocean Tuna fishing).
We are also a member of Importer Supplier Roundtables organized by NGO Sustainable Fisheries Partnership.
With all these actions, NETUNO is on track to fulfill our plan of having 95% of our products certified sustainable or in a FIP by 2025.