Stages 3 & 4: Action Plans and Implementation

Stages 3 & 4: action plans and implementation


From the collective definition of improvement actions…

To improve the gaps identified during Stage 2, action plans were developed in Stage 3. There were collectively elaborated with the fisheries’ stakeholders (fishermen and their representatives, scientists, administrations, marine parks managers, NGOs). The action plan of a fishery includes :

– a list of improvement actions to achieve the requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard,

– a suggested leader with potential partners for each action,

– a timetable detailing the yearly milestones to carry out efficiently each action.


… to the implementation of Fisheries Improvement Projects

Those action plans aim to act as roadmaps for the stakeholders to ensure the long-term sustainability of each fishery. Stage 4 of Medfish project aims to support stakeholders in the first steps of the actions plans’ implementation.  For each engaged fishery, specific workshops are being held for the stakeholders to take the lead on the actions and initiate a dynamic by identifiying the prioritary actions to implement in short-term.

This stage aims finally to implement FIPs, Fisheries Improvement Projects. A FIP provides a framework to guarantee a long-term sustainiblity for the fishery by :

• Identifying a coordinator for the whole improvement actions, through the identification of a coordinator of the action plan,

• Reinforcing partnerships between fishermen, scientists, administrations and other stakeholders,

• Involving if possible market actors (fish markets, wholesalers, processors, retailers, fishmongers and restaurants) as technical and financial partners,

• Ensuring a regular and independant monitoring of the progress of the actions plans’ implementation,

• Fixing clear and timebond objectives to achieve MSC Standard requirements.


Find out more about each of the engaged fisheries: Fisheries on the move


Stages 3 & 4 reports present the action plans for Spanish and French fisheries and describe the opportunities of implementing each of them.