Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund RecipientsNewsroom
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has awarded six organisations funding to deliver projects that will help small scale and developing world fisheries to achieve MSC certification.
Blue Ventures, Anchud Mudcrab Productivity Committee, WWF Japan, Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation, WWF Guianas, and WWF Coral Triangle Program will receive a total investment of £212,500.
David Agnew, the MSC’s science and standards director said: “We had some excellent proposals for funding. The winning projects particularly fit in with the objective of the fund– to deliver critical scientific research that addresses information, technology and management gaps and barriers that fisheries encounter in achieving the MSC Standard.”
The projects will deliver critical scientific research which will address information, technology and management gaps to build a capacity of personal and assist small scale, developing fisheries.
For many small scale and developing world fisheries, achieving the high standard required for MSC certification can be a significant challenge. This was recognised two years ago, in March 2014, when the MSC Board proposed the need for an official fund. The Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund (GFSF) was launched in July 2015 with an initial £400,000, split over two years.
Geoffrey Muldoon, senior manager with WWF’s Coral Triangle Programme, said:
“WWF in the Coral Triangle is committed to working with the MSC to make the program more accessible to fisheries in the developing world.”
He concluded: “With this funding from the MSC, we are excited to be able to build in-country expertise to deliver cost-effective and robustly designed fishery improvement projects to achieve that goal.”
About the recipients
WWF Coral Triangle Program will use its grant for a capacity building programme to train in-country experts so they can carry out FIP assessments and MSC pre-assessments in Vietnam and Indonesia.
Masyarakat Dan Perikanan Indonesia Foundation will prepare a risk assessment of tuna supply chains in Indonesia which will provide much-needed information on supply chain structure in that region.
WWF Guianas will apply data limited assessment and management methodologies to the Suriname coastal artisanal fishery, and will contribute to the MSC’s wider initiative that will allow data limited fisheries to demonstrate that their sustainability meets the MSC requirements.
The Anchud mud crab fishery will use its grant to understand the likely barriers to certification of this developing world artisanal fishery, in a region which has many such fisheries.
WWF Japan will implement a FIP of enhanced Manila clam fishery in the Yellow Sea Ecoregion, which could lead to major environmental benefits in the globally important mudflats as well as sustainable Manila clam production and consumption.
Blue Ventures will implement FIP improvement activities in the Madagascar octopus fishery, and explore application of data limited assessment and management methods to these types of fisheries.
Applications for 2017/18 will be announced later this year (2016). The fund is open to academic institutions, independent researchers, fisheries, governments and non-governmental organisations. The MSC would like to encourage contributions from other organisations to enhance the overall scale and reach of the fund.
(Story courtesy of the Marine Stewardship Council.)