Fishery and Aquaculture Improvement Plans

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Through our Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Plans (AIPs), we provide a structured plan to help a fisheries or aquaculture business improve its operation or meet a recognised level or standards. Whatever area of the industry you’re in, we can be flexible to your needs to help you achieve the progress you desire.

While the exact steps might vary project to project, there are usually three major elements involved in a fisheries or aquaculture improvement plan:

  • Pre-Assessment: In the first stage, we’ll conduct a review of the operation to see how your business measures up against requirements set out by relevant standards organisations, such as the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council. This allows us to gain a clear picture of where you’re performing well and which areas may require further work.
  • Developing an improvement plan: Based on what we found in stage one, we’ll develop measurable, time-specific objectives that will help you track your performance and provide a clear roadmap for measurable improvement. This could look like a structured five-year plan to develop harvest control rules within a fishery or improving feed conversion ratios in an aquaculture business.
  • Delivery: Once the plan has been agreed, the final stage is its implementation and management. We’ll need to make sure everyone involved fully understands the steps and timelines and progress will be monitored at regular intervals. Generally, this leads to the FIP or AIP achieving its aims within the required timeframe.

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