Fisheries Improvement Project FOR OIL SARDINE IN INDIA

Stakeholder Engagement

The FIP process is very focused on stakeholder engagement and involvement. An early step in the FIP process is the identification of those with an interest and then direct discussion to enable them to understand the process in order to seek their agreement to participate.

These stakeholders can expect from the process the following:

• Clear and timely information about the project and its implementation.

• An opportunity to have an input into the priorities and implementation of actions.

• Information they can use to keep interested parties such as suppliers and buyers informed.

• An independent assessment of the fisheries against an international standard that has requirements for responsible fisheries management.

• A work plan that has been negotiated by the stakeholders and represents an agreed pathway forward.

Assuming the workplan be implemented and it achieve the standard of IFFO RS then the government and stakeholders could expect the following:

• Greater confidence in the long terms supplies of fish from the fishery

• Satisfaction of a key requirement for IFFO RS certification (Note: This certificate is issued to factories and requires factory compliance as well as responsible fishing).

• Ability to access supply chains that require feed manufactured from IFFO RS compliant fish meal.

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