Driving improvements in South East Asian fisheries - by Duncan Leadbitter

Duncan Leadbitter, a director of Australia based fisheries and natural resource consulting company, Fish Matter, author of a report on South East Asian fisheries commissionned by IFFO and the Global Aquaculture Alliance, wrote an article in InfoFish International - November / December 2019 issue. Here is its executive summary. The full article can be read on www.infofish.org and can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Southeast Asian (SEA) fisheries are mainly multi-species and multi-gear, and for a number of reasons, traditional fisheries management techniques are technically challenging to apply. Recognising this, IFFO, The Marine Ingredients Organisation and the Global Responsible Supply Scheme (IFFO RS), are promoting an approach that has already proven successful in some of the world’s fisheries. Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) seek to develop improvements to fisheries through a multi-stakeholder supply chain approach, and the IFFO RS has its own programme for marine ingredients, aligned with internationally recognised FIP requirements called the IFFO RS Improver Programme (IP). Application of the IFFO RS IP has the potential to improve management practices and the sustainability of both food
fish and fishmeal supply from South East Asian fisheries.