Key Traceability are pleased to announce the publication of the Mauritanian Small Pelagics Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) in August 2017. The West African fishery consists of artisanal and coastal purse seine and pelagic trawl vessels targeting round sardinella (Sardinella aurita), flat sardinella (Sardinella maderensis) and obo (Ethmalosa fimbriata) in Mauritanian waters in the Atlantic Ocean.

The FIP was initiated between the Mauritanian fishery authority, the Mauritanian Oceanographic and Fisheries Research Institute, local businesses and international fishmeal and oil buyers. These key stakeholders all recognise the need to manage the local pelagic fish stocks, and through their partnership aim to preserve the longevity of the resource. By choosing to participate in a fishery improvement project, the stakeholders have shown their commitment to transparency, sustainable fishing, and minimising environmental impacts.

The engagement of participants from varied backgrounds allows for a holistic approach as we target the main issues in the conservation of the resource, and its economic and social impacts. The FIP aims to improve performance in line with its objectives for these key issues, with the overall goal of working towards Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification.

Further information, key documents and progress updates are available on the FIP’s Fishery Progress page.

The next planned stakeholder meeting will be at the Brussels Seafood Expo, April 2018.

If you have any questions about the Mauritanian Small Pelagics FIP, or would like any information on initiating your own, contact Key Traceability on