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New fishery improvement project in Mauritania

Staff Writer | May 2, 2018
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has announced the formation of a new fishery improvement project (FIP) designed to promote sustainable octopus fishing in Mauritania.
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Seafood   SFP has signed a memorandum of understanding
SFP has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with several fisheries institutions and organisations, formalising the FIP’s creation. Seafood suppliers Sea Delight and Marpefish also signed the memorandum.

Pedro Ferreiro, deputy director of buyer engagement for SFP, said: “The Mauritanian fishery is an important one for octopus, and this FIP marks a strong step toward the goal of global sustainable octopus production.”

The workplan for the FIP will include the fishery qualifying for sustainability certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). The MSC, which has supported the fishery’s interest in certification since 2010, participated in a workshop in January of this year that helped lay the groundwork for the FIP.

Organisations including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Mauritanian Ministry of Fisheries have been working to promote a national octopus eco-labelling plan, along with a national strategy for octopus.