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A new Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) has been launched today at the Brussels Global Seafood Expo 2017 for the Jiangsu Doulong Crayfish (JDC) Fishery in China. The project is the first crayfish FIP in China and aims to move the fishery towards Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification. 

The participants in the FIP include key stakeholders along the whole supply chain, including major UK retailers. The participants are: Bakkavor, Co-op, Jiangsu Baolong Group, Lyons Seafoods, Marks and Spencer, MSC and WWF.  The project is supported by the China Aquatic Products Processing and Marketing Alliance (CAPPMA).

The FIP participants will provide technical, financial and other support to improve the sustainability of crayfish fishing in the region. An Action Plan has been developed to identify what improvements are required for the fishery to meet the MSC standard over the next three to five years.

Situated in the northern Jiangsu province of China, the JDC Fishery covers an area of 20,000 ha of the river and wetland system of the catchment of the Doulong River. It is a small-scale artisanal fishery supporting the livelihoods of over 550 local full-time and part-time fishermen and their families in the Dafeng area.  In long run, this FIP and the MSC certification not only will ensure the sustainability of the fishery but also secure the livelihoods of these artisanal fishermen.   

Chris Hurley, Global Sourcing Manager for Bakkavor said:

“Bakkavor is excited about working with the partners in this project to promote and achieve sustainable sourcing.  We are committed to support the fishery to achieve the MSC certification with integrity and enthusiasm throughout the life of the project.”

Cui He, Executive President, for CAPPMA said:

               “CAPPMA fully supports sustainable fisheries in China and we  are pleased to see the Dafeng crayfish fishery taking steps to move toward MSC certification. This will accelerate the green movement of the seafood supply chain and lead the way for others in China."     

Aisla Jones, Fish Sustainability Manager for Co-op said:

“We’re very excited to see the launch of this FIP and we know that our members and customers really value our commitment to sustainable sourcing. It’s encouraging to see such a wide range of different stakeholders working together to conserve the fishery’s natural environment and secure its future so that it can continue to support the livelihoods of local people for years to come.”

Wang Fengshu, Chairman for Jiangsu Baolong Group said:

“Putting credibility and quality in paramount priorities is our business principle at Jiangsu Baolong Group. We are devoted to providing the ecologically friendly, safe and healthy aquatic products to our consumers around the world”

Estelle Brennan, Head of Sustainability for Lyons Seafoods said:

“Lyons Seafoods is fully committed to sourcing inthe most responsible way and we are delighted to be part of this partnership. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.  We are looking forward to supporting the Dafeng crayfish fishery towards MSC certification.”

Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director for MSC said:

“We are pleased to see the goal of MSC certification providing a motivation for partners to work together to improve the environmental performance in this fishery. This FIP has a unique role to encourage small scale Chinese fishermen to operate sustainably and MSC will provide support to increase the awareness of the MSC standards and share experiences of sustainable fishing practices to Chinese stakeholders”

Hannah Macintyre, Fisheries & Aquaculture Manager for Marks & Spencer said:

“Sustainable sourcing is at the heart of everything we do at M&S, so we are thrilled to work together with the participants of this FIP to support the crayfish fishery. With the support of all partners, we will help to secure the future of the fishery and the long term livelihood of these local artisanal fishermen in China.”

Clarus Chu, Seafood & Fisheries Specialist for WWF said:

“It’s really encouraging to see business both in China and further along the supply chain in the UK joining forces to make this crayfish fishery sustainable.  This FIP makes good business sense, but what’s really exciting from WWF’s perspective is that it will support sustainable development and help conserve freshwater habitats in China”

More information can be found on the FIP’s dedicated webpage, which will be updated as the FIP progresses.