The Albacore Tuna fishery is a valuable one for the Irish fleet being worth €6.5 million in 2017. It is carried out off the south-west coast of Ireland down into the Bay of Biscay by pelagic pair trawlers.
The FIP’s membership is made up of fishermen, co operative associations, processors and retailers.
Setting up a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) is one way in which the market demands in relation to sustainability can be met:
- A FIP operates by means of a collaborative alliance of buyers, suppliers, and producers.
- Identify the challenges in a fishery, e.g., data deficiency, management issues
- Develop a plan, to be carried out over a number of years, to address the issues
- The stakeholders work together to improve a fishery over the life of the plan
Participants in the Irish Tuna Fisheries have initiated a FIP to:
- Protect the long term future of tuna stocks in our waters
- Keep access to discerning markets for our tuna products
- Enable our fishermen to get best possible prices for the tuna they land