NGOs and FIPs
FIPs are required to transparently demonstrate that they are making progress towards sustainability. They may be supported or partnered with an NGO to ensure that this is a credible process. For example in the UK a number of FIPs have been set up and are running with the support of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and they must comply with an MSC approved FIP process.
The Irish Brown Crab FIP works with two NGO's which support its activities and goals. The first is Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) which is a business-focused NGO that works to reduce the barriers to action by industry in creating a more sustainable world. The second NGO is FisheryProgress.org which provides an independent database which tracks the progress being made by FIPs around the world.
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