July 29, 2016- The National Fisheries Institute Crab Council hosted a two-day consultation-workshop for blue swimming crab FIP managers from China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Co-sponsored by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, the activity aimed to provide a venue to review ongoing sustainability projects in each country and identify challenges that beset implementation of control systems.
The activity, moderated by Corey Peet of Postelsia, showcased interesting dialogues on science-based strategies and practical solutions to common problems on the ground. Technical sessions on the use of Risk Based Framework and Spawning Potential Ratio were conducted by Hannah Norbury of MSC and Dr. Jeremy Prince, respectively.
“Sustainability does not occur in a vacuum,” said NFI CC Executive Director Ed Rhodes. “Collaborations like these between stakeholders are essential to advance lasting fishery progress. The vast understanding on display during the workshop demonstrated that these FIPs are led by some of the most talented leaders in the fisheries improvement space.”
For PACPI’s Director Josette Emlen Genio, the results of the meeting far exceeded her expectations. “The activity is rather small but it provides platform for more intimate discussions between FIP managers. The workshops are extremely useful.”
Also in attendance are SFP and some industry members from the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.