Wendy Goyert and Dr. Geoffrey Muldoon, two WWF fishery experts, conduct FIP workshops to help communities make changes that will sustain their fisheries alongside their local marine ecosystems. “There are hundreds of fisheries globally that need to improve their practices, and we can’t tackle all of them alone,” says Goyert, Lead Specialist, Latin America Fisheries in Transition for the WWF-US Oceans Program. “That is why WWF has made it a priority to invest in training others around the world on how to develop and implement successful FIPs.”
The trainings teach local stakeholders how to develop, implement, and monitor the progress of FIPs; communicate with and engage key partners; and develop funding strategies to support the financial needs of their projects. Participants also conduct exercises, using regional case studies as models, to test the skills they’ve learned and apply best practices for implementing FIPs in their local communities. Since 2015, workshops held in Indonesia, Vietnam, Chile, Peru, Mexico, India, and the US have drawn over 300 participants from across Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Alongside fishers, these trainings are open to government policy-makers, NGOs, seafood companies, and fisheries experts.
Moving forward, WWF is developing a virtual FIP training program geared towards FIP stakeholders around the world, making sustainability practices increasingly accessible.