Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation

Honolulu, HI 96816
Tax ID27-3091938

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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is dedicated to protecting marine and aquatic ecosystems and delivering a secure seafood supply through the creation of a responsible seafood economy. We are working toward a world where the oceans are healthy and abundant, and all seafood is produced sustainably. To achieve these goals, we engage the most significant retailers, brands, and foodservice companies to promote systematic improvements in their global supply chains and drive actions to rebuild depleted fish stocks, reduce the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, and ensure sustained economic opportunities for fishing communities worldwide.


See Schedule O for Program Service Accomplishments.Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Foundation (SFP) comprises approximately 60 staff and contractors working to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, with major projects in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. SFP convenes, educates, and advises supply chain stakeholders including major retailers, restaurant chains, seafood brand owners, buyers, producers (fishers), NGOs, and fisheries management and scientific institutions to improve fisheries practices and policies. Some of SFP's oldest partners include McDonald's, Walmart, and High Liner Foods. Today, SFP has established partnerships with approximately 40 of the world's top companies engaged in the seafood trade. A full list of SFP's partners can be found on our web site at www.sustainablefish.org.Throughout 2019, SFP continued to focus on its Target 75 initiative, with strong support from SFP's partners. This initiative is dedicated to ensuring that 75 percent (by volume) of seafood from a range of strategic seafood sectors comes from fisheries and fish farms that are either sustainably managed or clearly improving by the end of 2020. Efforts to reach the 75 percent goal by 2020 are largely focused on our three platforms for fishery and aquaculture improvement: Supply Chain Roundtables (SRs), Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs). All of the SRs have identified those fisheries and aquaculture regions that are key to delivering the Target 75 objectives and have prioritized catalyzing FIPs and AIPs accordingly. The prioritized sectors that require the most attention are tuna, farmed shrimp, fishmeal/oil, snapper/grouper, crab, octopus, and squid. Sectors that already meet the T75 requirements (or are close) receive less attention, e.g., wild whitefish and cold-water small shrimp. Throughout 2019, SFP produced in-depth reports covering many of these sectors, to serve both as reference and benchmark for the initiative's supporters.A main component of SFP's strategy includes improving access to information used to guide responsible seafood sourcing. SFP implements this strategy in a number of ways, including by catalyzing and advising industry-led Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Aquaculture Improvement Projects (AIPs). A FIP or AIP is a collaboration among relevant stakeholders to influence policies and management practices and improve the sustainability of fishing and fish farming operations. Once established, a FIP functions as a continuous improvement vehicle that aligns the interests of the supply chain. It sets and implements its own improvement objective (using public workplans and measurable milestones) and is designed to be led by industry and to outlive the initial involvement of NGOs such as SFP, functioning as long as necessary to achieve sustainability goals. Worldwide, SFP is currently advising improvement in more than 140 FIPs and AIPs.SFP also organizes fish buyers into supply chain roundtables (SRs) that oversee the creation of FIPs and AIPs in their areas and monitor progress. An SR is a forum for processors, importers, and others that buy directly from a specific seafood sector to work together in a pre-competitive environment to achieve improvements in fisheries or aquaculture. Currently, SFP works with approximately 16 supply chain roundtables. In 2016, SFP began emphasizing industry-driven efforts over SFP initiating FIPs, AIPs, and similar projects on its own. SFP plans and holds many SR meetings to coincide with the major annual seafood industry trade shows in Boston and Brussels. This gives SR participants a chance to meet in person to discuss progress and related issues, plus it gives SFP the chance to be on hand face-to-face with the participants to answer questions, provide updated data connected to a particular project, and offer additional information.SFP engages and educates the seafood supply chain by sponsoring annual Fisheries Forums that provide opportunities for our partners and other stakeholders to meet, learn, share information and lessons learned, and decide strategies for achieving sustainable fisheries. SFP had a busy start to 2019, with both our Target 75 Forum in February in Miami, and our participation in the Seafood Expo North America in March in Boston. The T75 Forum was particularly well-attended, especially at the side meetings and Supply Chain Roundtable meetings that were held the day before the plenary. It was standing room only in the Mexican Seafood SR and for the launch of the Global Mahi SR, and nearly 30 people attended a briefing on SFP's aquaculture work. We had strong participation from our global partners at the event as well, and convened them for an informative "Thought Leaders Group" meeting before the Forum. Representatives from our North American partners met to discuss future priorities and challenges, as well as their engagement in Target 75. Target 75 was emphasized in Boston, as well. Once again, SFP kicked off our Seafood Expo North America meetings the day before the Expo began, with a Target 75 luncheon on Saturday attended by about 50 people. SFP's founder and CEO, Jim Cannon, shared that the industry had made considerable progress in getting new fisheries "across the starting line and on the path to sustainability in the past year, and that we're nearly halfway to Target 75 goals. The collaborative spirit of Target 75 was recognized that evening at the Conservation Alliance reception, where the participation of several other NGOs in Target 75 initiatives was highlighted during the program. During the Expo, seven SR meetings were held (Asian farmed shrimp, global fresh and frozen tuna, Gulf of Mexico shrimp, Indonesian snapper and grouper, mahi, octopus, and squid) to update industry on progress and remaining challenges across key sectors. More than 115 individual companies attended the slate of SR meetings. Another important information tool SFP uses to inform improvement in fisheries is its FishSource program-an online information resource that records the status of fish stocks and fisheries. SFP created FishSource (www.fishsource.com) so that fisheries experts around the world can share their public scientific and technical information and provide major seafood buyers with up-to-date, impartial, actionable information on the status of fisheries and the improvements that are needed to become sustainable. FishSource currently provides public information on 3,994 wild capture fisheries. Since FishSource Aquaculture launched in 2018, 57 public profiles have been published.Examples of SFP's progress toward globally sustainable fisheries in 2019 include: * Changes to SR Landscape: In 2019, SFP encouraged the SRs to broaden their scope and engage in national or regional policy/management improvements. As such, the Asia Tilapia and Vietnam Pangasius SRs merged into a General Aquaculture SR, and the Eastern Pacific Ocean Large Pelagics SR turned into the Global Mahi-Mahi SR - leaving 16 SRs in evaluation (10 priority SRs, 6 monitoring SRs).* Increasing participation in the Supply Chain Roundtables: 8 out of 10 priority SRs increased participation (Asia Farmed Shrimp, Asia BSC, Global Mahi, Global Fresh-Frozen Tuna, Global Squid, Global Octopus, Indonesia Snapper & Grouper, and Mexican Seafood). Only the Asia Reduction and Latin American Reduction SRs recruited no new participants in 2019, although in the Latin American Reduction SR existing participants have increased their leverage by merging into groups or adding their regional subsidiaries.An additional 5 SRs have sufficient support and are not actively seeking new participants (Gulf of Mexico Shrimp, Russian Far East Whitefish, Russian Far East Crab, Northwestern Atlantic Cod, and European Sustainable Fishmeal).While SFP's SRs gained the participation of 13 unique companies in 2019, there were also 12 previous participating companies that either merged or left an SR; thus the total number of unique companies participating across the 16 SRs in 2019 increased by 1 to 152.* Continuing FIP catalyzation: In 2019, 24 FIPs were initiated or re-activated in fisheries under the scope of the SRs, including 4 with a national scope. 17 of these now public FIPs were part of the 25 fisheries that were in process of initiating improvement efforts in 2018. The SRs are currently supporting 19 fisheries that are initiating FIPs.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The mission of the non-profit, as stated in the filing, is “To engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.”.

When referring to its tasks, they were described as: “See mission statement on schedule o.to engage and catalyze global seafood supply chains in rebuilding depleted fish stocks and reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming.”.

  • The non-profit is operating legally in the state of HI.
  • The non-profit's address for the year 2020 is listed as 4348 Waialae Avenue 692, Honolulu, HI, 96816 in the filing.
  • The form submitted by the non-profit organization for 2020 reports 24 employees.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is -$95,622.
  • The organization has 8 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2009.
  • The organization pays $4,401,889 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $94,960 in fundraising expenses.

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