The Environmental Policy Group and Aquaculture and Fisheries Group are pleased to announce their joint mini-symposium, entitled: “Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs): challenges and opportunities towards sustainability.”
MSc student Floor Bokkes, recipient of the Marine Stewardship Council MSc thesis research scholarship last year, will present her research in Indonesia. Guest speakers from Diponegoro University and the Marine Stewardship Council will join us as well. Please see details below.
Trade, information and perceptions in Fishery Improvement Projects: the case of the blue swimming crab fishery in Betahwalang, Indonesia
Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) are relatively new governance arrangements for fisheries management. They are market-based initiatives that try to work systematically towards sustainability by creating incentives to change through the fishery value chain. Research was conducted to examine the capacity of FIPs to lead to improvement through the fishery value chain in the context of production and trade, taking into account the information flow through and the perceptions of actors within the value chain. One of the most well-known FIPs is the Indonesian blue swimming crab (BSC) FIP. The BSC FIP was the subject of the conducted case study. Two scales of the BSC FIP were studied, being the scale of the fisheries managers or BSC FIP participants and the scale of the local fishers. The design of this study enabled looking both at the definition of measures agreed upon within the FIP at the scale of the BSC FIP participants and at the implementation of the measures at the scale of the BSC fishers. Differences existed in the way actors captured and processed information and therefore in their perception on the measures taken in the BSC FIP. Moreover, local social and economic relations influenced the flow of information through the value chain and the practices of the actors. The BSC FIP could, until now, not change the practices of fishers and therefore not lead to improvement, because the fisheries management was not adjusted to the existing local situation and no positive change was incentivised.
The Indonesian experience with FIPs
Abdul Ghofar (Diponegoro University, Indonesia)
Marine Stewardship Council support to the development of FIPs
Cassie Leisk (Marine Stewardship Council)