Fisheries Improvement Project (FIP) Practitioners

EcoWB is an active participant in efforts to promote the sustainability of small-scale fisheries around the globe using tools and methods developed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, Fair Trade, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership, and similar organizations.  EcoWB is seeking to expand and deepen its capacity to assist small-scale fishers in their efforts to fish sustainably and, at the same time, provide greater food security and enhanced economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their community.  

Two of the more prominent pathways to achieve sustainability in a fishery are the MSC’s sustainable fisheries certification process and Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), which are multi-stakeholder initiatives that aim to improve fishing practices and management. EcoWB is currently engaged in several FIPs by providing technical expertise to fishing communities in developing countries.  

We are inviting volunteers with backgrounds in fisheries science and/or management to apply to receive training to work on EcoWB’s new and ongoing FIP initiatives.  We are in the process of arranging a weeklong FIP training workshop in the fall of 2019, led by experts from MSC that would provide selected volunteers with the knowledge they need to effectively participate in FIP projects.   EcoWB will give preference to those fisheries biologists or managers with additional experience working in developing countries and with a strong desire to donate their time and energy on behalf of EcoWB’s mission. Fluency in a non-English language, particularly Spanish, is also highly desirable.

If you are interested in applying to attend the FIP training workshop, or have already received some FIP training in the past and would like to volunteer on our FIP initiatives, please send a resume or CV and statement of interest to Danielle Reich, EcoWB Volunteer Coordinator, at danielle.reich@ecowb.org.

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