The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has developed a series of conservation training courses to be made available to fishermen in the Peruvian anchovy fishery. as a result of MCS’ direct involvement with the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation’s Responsible Supply standard (IFFO RS).
Global Trust is the Certification Body for the IFFO RS program.
Correctly identifying and rescuing any turtles encountered in the Peruvian anchovy fishery is just one mission MCS is keen for IFFO RS producers to carry out. To enable fishers to do this MCS has sourced number of turtle identification and resuscitation guides in Spanish from Peruvian based marine conservation organisation ProDelphinus, aided by funding from Young’s Seafood’s and distributed via IFFO.
These guides have proved so successful ProDelphinus has been asked to run a conservation training course for local fisherman to further increase their knowledge of these and other protected marine species.
Dawn Purchase, Senior Aquaculture Officer at MCS says: “I am delighted with the success of this project and the spin-off conservation course being run for fishermen. The IFFO RS standard provides a real opportunity to promote change on the water, which is what MCS strives to achieve. Increasing the identification skills and conservation knowledge of these fishermen is a great way of achieving environmental stewardship.”
Andrew Jackson, Technical Director of IFFO says: “MCS has worked closely with us in the development of the IFFO RS standard and we are encouraged that this collaboration is now assisting in training Peruvian fishermen to minimise any effects they might be having on the turtle population. This is clear evidence that the RS standard is working in the way we always hoped it would by developing best practice initiatives amongst businesses involved in the fisheries sector.”
This positive initiative shows how the eNGO community can work with industry to help to ensure that certification like the IFFO RS can lead to a positive exchange of views, and improve the welfare of all species within a responsibility sourced fishery.
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