IFFO RS praises Thailand and Vietnam FIPs for fisheries progress
IFFO RS applauds the work done by the Gulf of Thailand and the Vung Tau, Vietnam, Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) over the last few years on their journey to improve the fisheries in both regions. Both FIPs are aiming to apply to the IFFO RS Improver Programme (IFFO RS IP) which provides a robust assurance process through its application and surveillance system.
Through the work undertaken by these FIPs within the IFFO RS IP framework it is hoped that new and novel approaches to measure improvements within multispecies fisheries will be developed and refined over the next few years with an overall aim of providing a clearer definition of a responsible multispecies fishery.
Dr Rawee Viriyatum, FIP Co-Ordinator for the Thai Sustainable Fishery Round Table, said, 'There has been a lot of progress in the industry over the last few years in order to demonstrate real improvements within Thai fisheries. We have brought together companies to form the Thai Sustainable Fisheries Round Table (TSFR) in order to address the problem.
'This group includes, fishmeal producers (Thai Fishmeal Producer Association), feed producers (Thai Feed Mill Association, TFMA), fishers (National Fishery Association of Thailand, and Thai Oversea Fishery Association), seafood production (Thai Food Processors' Association, Thai Frozen Food Association, Thai Tuna Industry Association, Thai Shrimp Association), governments (Department of Fisheries, DoF) and NGOs (Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, SFP) to develop a robust and credible FIP for the Gulf of Thailand and plan to submit an application to the IFFO RS IP imminently.'
The IFFO RS Governing Body Committee (GBC) formally launched the multispecies criteria in October last year to be tested with relevant fisheries such as the mixed trawl fisheries in SE Asia.