Toby Middleton (Marine Stewardship Council) - "Project Inshore"

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Toby Middleton (Marine Stewardship Council) - "Project Inshore"

  1. 1. Marine Stewardship Council Project Inshore Toby Middleton UK Country Manager May 2012The best environmental choice in seafood
  2. 2. What is Project Inshore? • Project Inshore is a tool to assess and feed into the management of all English fisheries within IFCA districts. • Project consists of 3 stages, 1. Fishery Analysis 2. MSC Pre-Assessments 3. Sustainability Reviews • It will use the globally recognised MSC pre-assessment process as an independent assessment of what is happening on the ground. • The pre-assessments will then feed in to develop Sustainability Reviews to feed into current management practices.The best environmental choice in seafood
  3. 3. The aim… • To overcome the market barriers to small scale fisheries engaging in the MSC process. • All inshore fisheries considered against a consistent framework of common criteria. • Develop sustainability reports enabling multi-track progress and harmonised approaches. • To recognise where management is working and feed into areas which could be improved upon.The best environmental choice in seafood
  4. 4. How we do this… • Bringing a range of partners together • Using an independently accredited Certification Bodies - FCI • Consisting of an expert team with experience in the 3 principles of the MSC • Using the pre-assessment process as a gap analysis of current inshore fisheries management.The best environmental choice in seafood
  5. 5. Project partners: Melanie Siggs (Independent) Funding partners: Sustainable Fisheries FundThe best environmental choice in seafood
  6. 6. Certified In assessmentThe best environmental choice in seafood
  7. 7. Stage One: Fishery Analysis Stage 1 Report • Species • Markets • Fishing Methods • BackgroundThe best environmental choice in seafood
  8. 8. Stage Two:Unit of Certification = What is pre-assessed Principle 1 - Stock Principle 2 - Impact Principle 3 - ManagementThe best environmental choice in seafood
  9. 9. Stage Two: MSC Pre- Assessment (Gap Analysis) Summary for P1 (per IFCA District) • Species • Stock area • Outcome Unconditional Pass Conditional Pass Automatic FailThe best environmental choice in seafood
  10. 10. Stage Three: Sustainability Reports • A consistent set of recommendations drawing from the outcome of the pre-assessments: • Highlighting commonalities and potential efficiencies between regions, species and gears • Creating an evidence base for investment where necessary • Providing a roadmap consistent with the conditions of supply for key domestic & export marketsThe best environmental choice in seafood
  11. 11. Timelines • Stage One: 0-3 months • Stage Two: 3-9 months • Stage Three: 9-18 months Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 0 3 6 9 12 15 18 Timescale (months) • 18 months onwards: MSC support for fisheries considering full assessmentThe best environmental choice in seafood
  12. 12. Next steps • Setting up a multi-stakeholder advisory group • Visit from MSC EFOO (Matt Watson) • Introduce IFCAs to the FCI team…backgrounds • Outline timelines and process to IFCAs • Schedule local stakeholder workshopsThe best environmental choice in seafood
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  14. 14. Thank you! 0207 246 8914 matt.watson@msc.orgThe best environmental choice in seafood

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