The North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group (NAPA) - a collective of 50 retailers and supply chain businesses working together to secure sustainable management of key pelagic stocks - is launching a "policy FIP" in a bid to drive political will for cooperative decision making and establish a long-term pelagics management plan.

By implementing the policy FIP the group hopes to have certification-ready pelagic fisheries within three years.

While traditional Fishery Improvement Programs (FIPs) focus on the need to enact data collection or develop management strategies, the NAPA policy FIP acknowledges that the pelagic stocks covered - NEA mackerel and Atlanto-Scandian herring - are already data-rich, well-understood and have proposed management strategies published.