The Southern IFCA has announced the launch of a survey on Crab & Lobster Fishery FIP and Management which will be facilitated by the MSC
The Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) has announced the launch of a survey on the crab and lobster fishery in the southwest.
The Southwest Crab and Lobster Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP), facilitated by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), brings fishing industry organisations together with the aim of improving the fishery to a level at which it could apply for MSC accreditation. For the purpose of this project, within the Southern IFC District, the Southwest Crab and Lobster Fisheries are defined as taking place west of the 002° line (within ICES Area VIIe).
The FIP group (involving merchants, fishing associations, management bodies etc.) has been working for the past five years. The main action remaining requires the group to produce a Harvest Strategy and associated ‘Harvest Control Rules’ (HCRs) including Management Measures for the fishery.
MSC on are requesting responses to their SURVEY and organising workshops with industry to gather opinions and ideas on how best to manage the fishery going forward. These will be collated and put forward in a paper to DEFRA as well as used by the FIP to help inform the development of the Harvest Strategy.
Could all fishery participants please complete the SURVEY and indicate whether you would attend a workshop if it were to be held in Dorset.
Please could you also, by 30th April, contact Southern IFCA (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 721373) to register your interest in participating in the FIP if it were to progress to apply for MSC Accreditation.