FMI Develops Introduction to Fishery Improvement Projects Guidelines

July 1, 2014

Case Studies Share Innovative Partnership Models in the Seafood Supply Chain

July 1, 2014 – ARLINGTON, VA – The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) recently released its second seafood sustainability publication, Fishery Improvement Projects: How Retailers and the Supply Chain Advance Seafood Sustainability. This free resource for food retailer focuses on the integration and implementation of supply chain activities that influence the adoption of sustainable fishery and aquaculture practices.

Created with the case studies and expertise of FMI’s Sustainable Seafood Committee (SSC) and written by sustainability management and communications consultant, Nadine Bartholomew, this guidance document provides helpful steps for development and implementation of fishery improvement projects (FIPs) across data collection; stakeholder engagement and education; goal development; project management; and fishery reform. The white paper features best practices and case studies among retailers, suppliers and non-governmental organizations.

Jeanne von Zastrow, senior director of sustainability at FMI, commented: “We commend our food retail members for supporting the projects profiled in this white paper and for taking aggressive action to support sustainability throughout the supply chain.”

FMI’s Sustainable Seafood Committee (SSC) works in precompetitive collaboration to develop education and share best practices to help move the entire industry forward faster on sustainable seafood.  The SSC has developed several free resources, including Sustainable Seafood 101’s for Employees, and The Sustainable Seafood Sourcing Guide. 

In regard to this most recent FIPs toolkit, Vice President of Sustainable Seafood at Wegmans Food Markets, Carl Salamone, said, “There is clear evidence that these projects can be successful: From rebuilding stocks to initiating trusting partnerships. It is our hope that this publication will build momentum and encourage the seafood industry to take action and join forces to help rebuild at-risk fisheries both domestically and abroad.”

To view the white paper, click here.

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