Sustainability goes beyond the seafood we source which is why we’re engaging with recognized Fishery Improvement Projects and Aquaculture Improvement Projects that drive our industry forward. We are currently working with the WWF Peruvian Mahi Mahi FIP and the NFI Crab Council and we are a member of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Mexican Seafood Roundtable.
The NFI Crab Council is made up of an association of U.S. seafood companies who recognize the importance of maintaining sustainable and successful crab fisheries for international businesses as well as local economies. The mission of the Crab Council is to support initiatives that produce larger sized crabs and more abundant harvests, ensuring that U.S. consumers receive affordable and responsibly sourced crab for years to come.
Since 2009, the Crab Council has practiced industryled stewardship, influencing crab management through funding fisheries improvement projects (FIP’S) and market leadership. The Crab Council is supporting active FIP’s in the following countries:
• Sri Lanka
Since NFI Crab Council Members collectively represent around 85% of the total blue swimming crab imported into the U.S. we feel it’s important to be an active member of the council.
We’re proud to be included among other companies that have taken responsibility for their industry’s future by pledging resources, commitment and funding to crab sustainability in Asia.
Visit the Crab Council website for more information.
WWF Peruvian Mahi Mahi FIP
According to FisheryProgress.org the Peruvian mahi-mahi fishery includes over 4,200 fishermen and is one of the country’s most important artisanal fisheries. Worldwide, Peru is known as the leading international mahi-mahi producer. A critical issue challenging this fishery is the lack of effective national and international management needed to address the highly migratory nature of mahi-mahi. The fishery also needs additional data on how fishing interacts with other species including endangered sea turtles and sharks. The active involvement of FIP stakeholders, such as IMARPE (Peruvian Institute of the Sea), and FIP Participants drives improvements against the Marine Stewardship Council standard.
Although the currently workplan has been delayed by political issues, activities have been re-scheduled during the last FIP review meeting.
Visit www.FisheryProgress.org to keep up with this FIP.
Inland is also a member of two Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Seafood Roundtables. Both the Mexican Seafood roundtable and the Eastern Pacific Large Pelagic roundtable impact fisheries important to our customers.
Over the past decade, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has been deeply involved in several fishery improvement projects in Mexico, some of which involve fisheries that intend to pursue Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.
These fisheries, and a few others that have already been certified, have implemented voluntary measures to meet certification standards (e.g., improved landings data collection, compliance monitoring). This work has revealed a need for general policy improvement at the national level, to ensure these improvements are permanent and implemented in non-certified fisheries. Consequently, technical experts are working to identify a set of common policy recommendations that need to be addressed to improve management and fisheries data collection in all Mexican fisheries. While promoting improvements in policy will be most effectively undertaken on the ground in Mexico, support from the U.S. supply chain will be an important component in gaining the participation of the Mexican seafood industry, as well as providing support for the common policy recommendations.
Visit the SFP’s website to learn more about these roundtables.