UK Sustainable Fisheries - Project UK

The widely lauded Project Inshore (running from 2012 to 2016) took a strategic look at how the management of English inshore fisheries could be improved, using the MSC environmental standard as a benchmarking tool. 

In a follow-on from this, Project UK Fisheries Improvements (PUKFI) is an initiative led by Seafish and the MSC to move a number of these fisheries into formal Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) - a structured timeline of actions to provide evidence of improved management (see MSC & FIPs, and SFP & FIPs).  In the first instance focus is on six fisheries:

  • North Sea plaice, demersal trawl, beam trawl & seine
  • North Sea lemon sole, demersal trawl, beam trawl & seine
  • Channel scallops, dredge
  • Western & Channel monkfish, demersal trawl, beam trawl & gill net
  • Southern crab, pots
  • Southwest lobster, pots.

Under contract to the food supply chain standards and certification company Acoura members of the same team that were involved with Project Inshore have been assisting in bringing the pre-assessment of these fisheries up to date, preparatory to the development of FIP Work Plans. Crick Carleton has been updating the pre-assessment of the two crustacean fisheries listed above.