Princes is a founder member and funder of the Indian Ocean Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is an alliance-driven initiative to help the purse seine fishery in the region meet Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sustainability standard. With our two production facilities on the island of Mauritius we are determined to play our role in improving the sustainability of the key fish stocks that we process for our customers.
The FIP is an ambitious five year project and focuses on the key areas of sustainable sourcing – healthy fish stocks, minimal and reversible impact on ecosystems, and effective fisheries management – to ensure that best practices are adhered to. The FIP covers the catches of skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna species from around 28 French, Italian, Spanish, Mauritius and Seychelles flagged purse seine vessels.
The FIP also focuses on supporting the recovery plan of the yellowfin stock in the region and works closely with the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission, NGO’s and government agencies in the Indian Ocean to improve fisheries governance in the region.
SIOTI meets WWF’s criteria for ‘credible FIPs’ and publicly reports on performance against its work programme.
For more information on SIOTI, please visit: https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/indian-ocean-tuna-purse-seine-sioti