Project Portfolio

Recently completed a report on the trawl fisheries that supply fish for feed in Thailand, Vietnam and China for Hong Kong University. The report was funded by the ADM Capital Foundation


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Fish Matter reviewed the fisheries situation in Myanmar for Sustainable Fisheries Partnership in 2017


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For AsiaPacific Fish Watch, researched and wrote materials for webpages documenting the fisheries for Longtail Tuna in the Indian and western Pacific oceans


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Fish Matter has been working with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council to create a new feed standard. This has involved the preparation of discussion documents that cover marine ingredients, terrestrial plant ingredients and animal ingredients as well as documenting existing standards and evaluating their suitability as off-the-shelf sources of verification


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With funding from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Fish Matter has been working for the Responsible Sourcing Standard of the International Fishmeal and Fishoil Organisation (IFFO) to run workshops aimed at facilitating management plans for trawl fisheries in South East Asia


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Fish Matter worked with a panel of experts to consider the performance of the orange roughy fisheries in New Zealand against Principle 2 of the Marine Stewardship Council’s fishery standard


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Fish Matter worked with Greenpeace Australia to evaluate production methods for wild caught and aquaculture prawns sold in Australia. This formed the basis for a consumer advisory campaign in December 2015


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 Fish Matter worked with Fair Trade USA and alongside Scientific Certification Systems to design a certification standard for developing country fisheries. This standard focuses on social benefits but also seeks to drive improvements in fisheries management


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Over a five year period Fish Matter provided fisheries assessment and management advice to staff in Sustainable Fisheries Partnership and ran Fishery Improvement Projects in Thailand and Vietnam. These latter projects included longtail tuna and the production of so called trawl sourced ‘trash fish’ for fish meal


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Fish Matter completed two projects with the Regional Fisheries Livelihoods Program, a program funded by the government of Spain and delivered by the FAO’s regional office in Bangkok. The first component involved designing a mechanism for utilising non-market incentives to promote comanagement. The second component was undertaken in conjunction with Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management and involved the evaluation of two fisheries (sardines and groupers) in the southern Philippines (Zamboanga del Norte).


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Fish Matter undertook an information gathering exercise in eastern Indonesia to gather material relevant to the undertaking of a preliminary assessment of the pole and line fishery for skipjack tuna against the MSC Standard

Fish Matter reviewed the involvement of Conservation International’s investments in the Coral Triangle area with respect to Marine Protected Areas and Climate change with a view to evaluating the need for additional investment in promoting traditional fisheries management (i.e. beyond MPAs)


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Fish Matter provided advice to staff at Taronga Zoo in Sydney to aid the preparation of a sustainable seafood sourcing policy. This policy covers both the Mosman and Dubbo complexes and includes both the sale of seafood to visitors and seafood provided to animals


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Fish Matter worked with Hong Kong based funder, ADM Capital Foundation, to scope out investment options for their work on marine conservation and fisheries improvements in Asia

For the Commonwealth Fisheries Association Fish Matter coordinated a project that undertook MSC pre-assessments for almost all of the Commonwealth managed fisheries in Australia


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In 2009 Fish Matter wrote a report on tuna and sustainability marketing for the International Finance Corporation. Some of this report formed the basis for a peer reviewed paper – Leadbitter and Benguerel (2013). Sustainable tuna – can the marketplace improve fishery management? Business Strategy and the Environment, DOI: 10.1002/bse.1794

For New South Wales Fisheries (Australia) and the commercial fishing industry of NSW, Fish Matter wrote a report containing recommendations detailing how the industry could improve its public image

In conjunction with Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management  Fish Matter helped WWF prepare a plan for rolling out its engagement with Fishery Improvements in Asia