Irish Prawn FIP


The target species in the Irish prawn fishery is Nephrops norvegicus.  In 2017 this fishery was the most valuable Irish fishery worth approximately €55 million and 7950 tonnes were landed by Irish vessels. The vast majority of prawns caught by the Irish fleet are caught by trawls and an increasing number of vessels are adding value to their catch by freezing the prawns at sea. 

The Irish Prawn FIP is focused on improving both the management and the value of the fishery. The work plan for 2020 includes elements aimed at achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), improving selectivity and playing a role in improved management of the fishery.

What are FIPs?

FIPs are a practical, industry-led approach to making continual improvements in the sustainability of specific fisheries in an ever more demanding marketplace. They are based on co-operation between all sectors in the fishery chain, from catching to processing to retail in collaboration with NGO’s who wish to see fishing continue while progress is made towards sustainability. Examples of this progress would be using more selective gear, development of plans to manage effort or any other initiatives that have the impact of improving fishery sustainability.
A FIP may be an intermediate stage towards getting a third-party certification, such as MSC, or it may be a stand-alone initiative aimed at improving a fishery. A key characteristic of all FIPs is that the industry is taking control of their own destiny and playing a key role in their own future.

Why should I join?

FIPs can create two main positive outcomes for fishermen. The first is in improving the stock and many FIP actions are aimed at stock improvement such as by collaborating with scientists to achieve a better understanding of stock health and facilitating moving towards MSY. 

The second main benefit is in improving market access and getting a better return for catches. The market for seafood is becoming increasingly demanding in terms of demonstrating that fisheries are either sustainable and well managed or on a path towards it. Irish seafood competes in markets with product sourced from MSC certified fisheries and FIPs.

FIP meeting July 2020

A meeting of the Irish Prawn FIP was held virtually in July 2020. The following actions were agreed at the meeting: The 2020/2021 workplan, once finalised with Fishery Progress, will be circulated to all participants in addition to being available on the...

Next Meeting of Prawn FIP

The next meeting of the Irish Prawn Fishery Improvement Project will take place in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin from 1 to 2.30 on Wednesday the 26th June 2019. All members of the FIP are welcome to attend.

Welcome to our new website

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