Where fisheries are unlikely to meet the MSC Standard, a burgeoning area of work globally is Fishery Improvement Projects. These are structured, multi-stakeholder projects designed to guide and demonstrate progress towards achieving an end goal. The end goals of Improvement Projects are tailored to the fishery operation in question and can include biological, economic and/or socio-economic objectives. 

MRAG is very active in the fishery space, having conducted numerous sustainability gap analyses and provided technical expertise to a number of FIPs. MRAG can provide a complete range of services to develop and implement FIPs and AIPs, or provide specific technical advice on key elements within an existing project.

Small pelagic fisheries can also gain certification against the International Fish Oil and Fishmeal Responsible Supply Standard. MRAG is qualified to undertake IFFO RS fisheries assessments for the Improver Program, leading to FIPs that are recognised and supported by IFFO RS.

Services include:

  •  Fishery sustainability gap analysis;
  •  IFFO Improver Programme
  •  FIP action-plan development;
  •  Specific technical advice on elements within an existing project;
  •  FIP review;


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Consolidation and review of data from members of Certification and Ratings Collaboration

Members of the Collaboration are global seafood certification and ratings programs…

MRAG Project Bahamiian Lobster FIP

In February 2009, WWF funded an MSC pre-assessment of the Bahamian lobster fishery (…

Atlantic Ocean
Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay Evaluation of MSC FIP scoring tools

As part of MSC’s drive to support fisheries that want to meet the MSC Fisheries…

WWF Seafood Traceability Assessment Methodology

MRAG were requested to development an assessment methodology for benchmarking the…

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Fisheries Management.

The work undertaken by MRAG for Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich…

Atlantic Ocean
MRAG Project Evaluating the value chain and social impacts of eco- and ethical fish labelling on small scale producers in Senegal

The objectives of this study fall into the overall IDRC purpose of exploring the…

MRAG Project Social impacts of introducing fisheries certification schemes and standards into developing countries

The objectives of the work was to assess the potential social impacts of introducing…