Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs) require a well-structured, planned and appropriately resourced set of actions.
These actions typically span a wide spectrum, including:
- management of the target species (determining stock status, establishing appropriate monitoring programmes and development of harvest control rules),
- consideration of wider ecosystem impacts (management and monitoring of interactions with other non-target species and habitats),
- establishment of appropriate management infrastructure and decision-making processes.
Inmara’s expertise spans this wide spectrum of issues enabling us to carry out gap analysis to identify priority actions and subsequently provide support and advice in both the design, operation and routine monitoring of Fishery Improvement Projects. These project skills are equally applicable for both large scale, complex industrialised fisheries and at the small, artisinal or traditional scale. In all cases the principles of good adaptive management which underpin successful FIPs are the same.