A pivotal and positive step was taken in the marine ingredients industry this week, with the launch of the Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) for the Peruvian anchovy fishery. The aim of the FIP is to get a “certifiable status” according to the guidelines of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions (CASS). Launched by The Peruvian National Fisheries Society (SNP) and the Center for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca), this fishery is one of the largest in the world, producing up to 6 metric tonnes of material annually and is therefore a vital part of the marine ingredients industry.
In a statement by SNP, chairperson Elena Conterno noted that “the industrial anchovy fishery is very well managed and controlled: a recent report by OECD highlights the controls of the fishery and the World Bank has recently issued a report and video putting this fishery as an example. Of course, we have some challenges, which we will address with this FIP. We are very happy of launching this project together with CeDePesca”.
In welcoming this development, IFFO’s Director General Andrew Mallison said “the Peruvian fishing industry and government have for many years shown a very progressive attitude towards responsible fishery management. This project will help demonstrate the controls in place and allow external assessment and certification if needed.”