The launch of a new action plan for the octopus fishery of southwest Madagascar was covered across international seafood media.
Fishers, seafood buyers, conservationists, researchers and policy makers gathered in Toliara on 16 January to launch a fisheries improvement project (FIP) that sets out an ambitious vision for improving the sustainability of one of Madagascar’s largest and most economically important small-scale fisheries.
This FIP, representing the first of its kind in Madagascar, is designed to encourage responsible use of the region’s octopus population to meet the requirements of the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries. These improvements will help to secure long-term economic benefits for communities and businesses, and access global markets interested in high quality, responsibly sourced octopus.
This pioneering FIP has received coverage across the international seafood media:
IntraFish: Madagascar octopus fishery launches FIP
Undercurrent news: Improvement plan launched for octopus off southwestern Madagascar
Seafood Source: Madagascar launches its first octopus fishery improvement project
Stop Illegal Fishing: Madagascar launches its first octopus fishery improvement project
And you can track the progress of this FIP on https://fisheryprogress.org/fip-profile/southwest-madagascar-octopus-diving-gleaning
For more details on this initiative, please contact Charlie Gough, Blue Ventures’ Technical Advisor Fisheries Management and Conservation [email protected]
We thank Vitol Foundation, Marine Stewardship Council and the MacArthur Foundation for their generosity in supporting this work.